A Palestinian man accused of killing an Israeli rabbi has died in an exchange of fire with Israeli soldiers in the West Bank, the military said.
“A terrorist behind the attack in which Rabbi Michael Mark was assassinated on July 1 was killed on Tuesday night during exchanges of fire with soldiers,” the military statement said.
“During the operation to stop Mohamed Fakih, who carried out the attack, he was killed during an exchange of fire with soldiers.”
48-year- old Rabbi Michael Mark, was the principal of a yeshivah in Otneil, Israel. He was killed while he was in a car with his family. According to media reports, his car was overtaken and Mark and his wife shot. Mark was killed and his wife was seriously injured in the attack along. Two of Mark’s ten children were present in the car who were also injured in the attack.
Tuesday night’s shoot out took place in the village of Surif, north of the West Bank city of more than 200,000 Palestinians,the army said.
The area, where several hundred Jewish settlers live in a tightly guarded enclave in the heart of the city, has been a persistent source of tensions.
Violence in the Palestinian territories and Israel since last October has killed at least 217 Palestinians, 34 Israelis, two Americans, an Eritrean and a Sudanese, according to an AFP count.
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Most of the Palestinians killed were carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks, according to Israeli authorities.