Israeli forces kill Palestinians as West Bank raids continue

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JERUSALEM – Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian during Wednesday’s clash as they continued a one-day operation in response to deadly attacks on the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian health ministry said.

The death is the latest in a wave of violence between Israel and Palestine after Muslims celebrated the holy month of Ramadan.

The health ministry said Israeli forces shot 34-year-old Mohamed Asaf in the chest. The Israeli army said it encountered violent protests at several points during its “counter-terrorist operations” and used firearms against the protesters, who they claimed were soldiers who threw stones and Molotov cocktails. The official said the military shot an armed suspect, without giving details, during a shooting in the north-west coast city of Beita.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health said 11 people were injured as a result of the Israeli military operation. One soldier was slightly injured in the fighting and 15 people were arrested in Wednesday’s raid, the military said.

Israel has recently sent troops to Palestinian towns and villages to search for suspects or accomplices related to the latest Palestinian attacks on Israel. Last week, a Palestinian gunman opened fire in a crowded Tel Aviv bar, killing three people and fleeing the scene, sparking an hour-long hunt that resulted in him being killed by police.

This attack, like the other three attacks in Israel in recent weeks, became the bloodiest bloodbath against Israel in years, with 14 people losing their lives.

Tensions escalated after Muslims celebrated Ramadan, which this year coincides with major Jewish and Christian holidays. As Easter and Passover begin next week, tens of thousands of religions are expected to flock to the Old City of Jerusalem, the emotional and often violent heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

At the hands of the Israeli government, he tried to extinguish the fire by implementing a plan to ease restrictions on Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip during the holy month. However, with the two attackers in recent violence in and around Jenin, Israel has tightened restrictions on movement in and out of the city.

Jenin is considered a stronghold of Palestinian militants. Israeli forces are often targeted when operating in the area. The Palestinian Authority, which controls parts of the occupied West Bank and coordinates security issues with Israel, also has little control.

Israel has arrested many during operations in recent days and in some cases Palestinians have protested against the raids. In response to the attacks or attack attempts, large numbers of Palestinians were killed.

On Saturday, Palestinian protesters set fire to a shrine revered by Jews in the West Bank and destroyed part of the tomb. Israel carried out repairs on Wednesday at a site known to Jews as Joseph’s tomb, and the day before the army claimed to have arrested a suspect linked to the fire. The military said clashes also occurred nearby while repairs were underway.

Source: Washington Post