CBNNews.com - JENIN, West Bank - The Palestinian Authority (PA) said there still are not enough security forces in Jenin to combat Islamic Jihad and other terror cells in the 50 villages that comprise the city.
According to Jerusalem Post Palestinian Affairs correspondent Khaled Abu Toameh, PA police forces stationed at a checkpoint opened fire at a seven-member Islamic Jihad cell, wounding two, one of whom was senior commander Taysir Khuzaymiyeh.
Colonel Suleiman Umran, commander of Jenin's security forces, said the incident began when two Islamic Jihad operatives demanded the release of a friend at the police station in Kabatiya.
"One of the men opened fire from a pistol at the policemen inside the station," the colonel said. "The policemen responded with gunfire, wounding the attacker and his friend," he said.
Islamic Jihad's al-Quds Brigades wasted no time warning PA police to cease and desist against its members.
"We will use our rifles against anyone who stands in our way," they said. "We won't allow anyone to confiscate our weapons, regardless of the price."
Earlier Tuesday in Kabatiya, PA police wounded 21-year-old Fawaz Kmeil, who according to eyewitnesses, was walking in the streets when police opened fire, critically wounding him.
According to Colonel Umran, police opened fire after someone opened fire on them. The colonel blamed local "criminals," seeking to torpedo efforts by PA security forces to establish order.
The newly deployed PA police force has confiscated 20 stolen vehicles and arrested 11 wanted men so far.
Source: The Jerusalem Post