Jerusalem — A Romanian construction worker was killed Monday in a Palestinian shooting attack in the West Bank, only a day after the three largest Palestinian factions said they would observe a temporary truce.
The al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, a militia affiliated with Yasser Arafat’s ruling Fatah movement, said it was behind the shooting near the West Bank village of Yabed.
“We do not agree with the ceasefire,” a group of militiamen from the West Bank town of Jenin said in a statement. “This is our first action. This is the beginning.”
The militia consists of bands of gunmen who do not recognize a central authority — unlike the armed wings of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, the other signatories to the three-month truce.
The victim was a Romanian worker involved in road construction by Israel. The worker was driving in a truck when he was shot in the head, the army said.