An Israeli soldier, identified as Sgt. Noam Adin Rechter Levi, 20, was killed on Wednesday night.
The soldier was shot during a patrol in the village of Birzeit, near Ramallah.
Since April 2002, the Israeli army has resumed patrols in all Arab villages in the West Bank.
These daily Israeli army patrols have succeeded in stopping almost all potential terror attacks from the West Bank over the past two years – more than Israel’s security fence has.
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During the operation, the Duhifa Battalion of the Kfir Brigade was engaged in a confrontation between Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers and armed Palestinians. During the confrontation, Sgt. Levi was killed by a gunshot.
The security forces arrested several Palestinians, and the incident is being investigated.
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