Conflicts & War

Palestinian killed in West Bank as tension runs high

Jerusalem, Jan 30 (EFE).- A Palestinian man has been shot and killed in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian officials said Monday, as tensions in the region showed no signs of abating.

The deceased, identified as Nassim Abu Fouda, 26, died of gunshot wounds to the head after Israeli soldiers allegedly opened fire at his car at a checkpoint in the southern city of Hebron, according to the official news agency Wafa.

The Israeli army has not confirmed the incident.

Tensions have escalated between Palestinians and Israelis after 10 Palestinians were killed during an Israeli military incursion in Jenin on Thursday. It was the deadliest incident in the West Bank in recent years.

On Friday, a Palestinian man was shot dead after he killed seven Israelis and wounded several others as they were leaving a synagogue in the Neve Yaakov settlement in East Jerusalem, the deadliest incident on Israeli soil in over a decade.

The next day, two people were wounded after a 13-year-old Palestinian opened fire in East Jerusalem.

At least 35 Palestinians have been killed in connection with military operations, Palestinian-led attacks and clashes with Israeli troops so far this year.

In response to the growing tension, Israel’s government has announced a raft of measures against Palestinians involved in attacks, as well as their families.

The measures include stripping family members of attackers of social security and health benefits and making it easier for Israeli citizens to carry firearms.

The policy changes will also make it easier to demolish the homes of Palestinians involved in attacks, reinforce military and police units, and expand arrests and operations to confiscate illegal weapons.EFE


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