Sunday, February 5, 2023

raids and stabbings in the West Bank; two Palestinians killed

JERUSALEM ( Associated Press) – Israeli forces killed a 21-year-old Palestinian terrorist during a raid in the West Bank on Wednesday, Palestinian officials said. Separately, Israel reported that an Israeli bystander shot dead a Palestinian assailant who stabbed and killed an Israeli in a settlement south of the territory.

The two incidents of violence were the latest in a wave of attacks in the occupied West Bank.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health specified that Ahmad Abu Junayd died several hours after being shot in the head during an Israeli offensive at the Balata refugee camp in the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

The Israeli army reported several arrests in the West Bank early Wednesday. In the Balata refugee camp, a firefight broke out between Palestinian militants and Israeli security forces, with the army acknowledging that a Palestinian was shot.

Palestinian health officials said that during the arrest operation, Israeli special forces surrounded and set fire to a house in the overcrowded camp, as well as firing tear gas and flash grenades into a crowd of young people.

The al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades – an armed militia affiliated with Fatah, the secular political party that controls the Palestinian Authority – confirmed that Abu Junayd was one of its fighters. The death of Abu Junaid – photos of him brandishing a rifle widely shared on social media – brought the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli fire so far in 2023 to five.

Paramedics said that also on Wednesday, a Palestinian killed a 30-year-old Israeli in a settlement in the southern West Bank before he was shot dead by an Israeli bystander. Officials said the Israeli victim was admitted to a hospital for treatment of his injuries, but was fully conscious. The identity of the Palestinian attacker was not immediately known.

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