Israeli soldier killed, 16 wounded in West Bank bombing attack

The incident occurred around midnight as Israeli forces were conducting a counter-terrorism operation in Jenin aimed at arresting or neutralizing members of a Hamas terror network.

An Israeli soldier was killed and 16 others were wounded in a roadside bomb attack during an overnight raid in the Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank early Thursday morning, according to the IDF.

The slain soldier was identified as Captain Alon Sacgiu, 22, a sniper team commander from Hadera. The IDF said 16 soldiers were wounded in total – one seriously, five moderately, and the rest lightly.

The incident occurred around midnight as Israeli forces were conducting a counter-terrorism operation in Jenin aimed at arresting or neutralizing members of a Hamas terror network. According to an initial IDF probe, a Panther armoured personnel carrier (APC) carrying a medical team was hit by an improvised explosive device (IED) planted under the road.

As additional forces arrived to evacuate the wounded, a second bomb detonated, causing most of the casualties. The Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group claimed responsibility for the attack.

Military sources said the bombs were buried unusually deep – about 1.5 meters underground – making them difficult to detect even after armoured bulldozers had scraped the road. The IDF is investigating how to better uncover such deeply buried IEDs in the future.

The incident highlights the ongoing tensions and violence in the West Bank amid Israel’s war against Hamas in Gaza. Since October 7, Israeli forces have arrested over 4,150 wanted Palestinians in the West Bank, including more than 1,750 affiliated with Hamas.

The Palestinian Authority health ministry reports that over 540 West Bank Palestinians have been killed in that time, though Israel says most were militants killed during raids or attacks. Twenty-one Israelis have been killed in Palestinian attacks in Israel and the West Bank during the same period.

As Israel continues its military operations in the West Bank, the threat of further violence and casualties on both sides remains high. The IDF says it will continue its counter-terrorism efforts in the area while investigating ways to better protect its forces from such attacks in the future.