Israeli forces kill Palestinian militant outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

Israeli forces kill Palestinian militant in West Bank clashes

By AFP – Dec 22,2022 – Last updated at Dec 22,2022

Palestinian mourners carry the body of Ahmed Atef Daraghmeh, 23, killed during clashes with Israeli forces on Thursday, in the town of Tubas in the occupied West Bank (AFP photo)

NABLUS, Palestinian Territories — Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian linked to Hamas during clashes in the West Bank city of Nablus early on Thursday, the Palestinian health ministry said.

The exchange of fire came just hours after veteran Israeli hawk Benjamin Netanyahu announced he had formed a new government, returning to power as the head of the most right-wing coalition in Israel’s history.

The Palestinian health ministry said Ahmed Atef Daraghmeh, 23, a footballer from the nearby town of Tulkarem, sustained bullet wounds to the back and foot.

Islamist group Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, said Daraghmeh was a member of its military wing who “was killed by occupation bullets during clashes at dawn on Thursday”.

Hundreds of people took part in his funeral in the city of Tubas on Thursday, an AFP journalist reported. The man’s body was draped in a Hamas flag.

The Israeli forces said its troops had entered Nablus to “secure the coordinated entrance of Israeli civilians to Joseph’s Tomb”, a contested religious site that Muslims believe houses the grave of a local sheikh, but many Jews revere as the burial place of the Biblical patriarch Joseph.

‘Explosive devices’ 

“Armed Palestinians hurled explosive devices and fired toward the soldiers, endangering their lives,” the army said. “The soldiers responded with live fire. Hits were identified.”

Joseph’s Tomb lies within the built up area of Nablus, and Jewish pilgrims can only visit in groups escorted by the Israeli forces. Their entry often sparks clashes with Palestinian residents.

Nablus has seen frequent clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinians in recent months, as Israeli forces stepped up operations in Palestinian towns and cities in response to a wave of deadly attacks on Israeli targets earlier this year.

The flare-up has seen the rise to prominence of a new armed group, dubbed the “Lions’ Den”, that has brought together fighters from established Palestinian factions united in their opposition to the longstanding security coordination between the Palestinian Authority and the Israeli forces.

Israeli forces killed some of the group’s top leaders in early October, but its fighters said on Telegram that they had taken part in Thursday’s clashes.

Members of the new governing coalition announced by Netanyahu late Wednesday have called for an even tougher crackdown on Palestinians.

The prospective national security minister in the new government, Itamar Ben Gvir of the far-right Jewish Power Party, has repeatedly urged Israeli security personnel to use more force when countering Palestinian unrest.

At least 150 Palestinians and 26 Israelis have been killed this year across Israel and the occupied West Bank, including Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem.

A further 49 Palestinians were killed during three days of fighting between Gaza and Israel in August.

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