According to local sources, ‘Ala is from Huwwara town, near Nablus.
The sources added that he, a married father of two children, owns a cellphone store in Huwwara.
After shooting him to death, several Israeli military jeeps invaded Huwwara, broke into his cellphone store, and confiscated his laptop.
Israeli publication Yedioth Ahronoth said one soldier suffered a mild-to-moderate injury, after being shot in his leg, during a fire exchange with the Palestinian.
It added that, according to an initial investigation by the army, an armed Palestinian approached the soldiers and opened fire on them, wounding one member of the Nahal Brigade, and that the soldiers returned fire killing the Palestinian.
Later on, dozens of soldiers arrived at the scene, and declared the area a closed military zone, preventing the Palestinians from entering it. The wounded Israeli soldier was moved to the Rabin Medical Center, in Petah Tikva.
The Ma’an News Agency reported that the soldiers also prevented Palestinian medics from providing medical treatment to the Palestinian who apparently was still alive.
Approximately an hour prior to the attack, at least twenty Israeli military vehicles accompanied buses carrying settlers invaded Nablus, as the settlers visited the Joseph Tomb near the Balata refugee camp, east of Nablus.
Maan said the soldiers invaded also various areas in Nablus, especially near Balata, and that the army fired gas bombs and rubber-coated metal bullets at Palestinian youths who threw stones at them.