Israeli escalation in WB reflects denial of the rights of the Palestinians: Palestinian ministry

MENA , AFP , Sunday 10 Apr 2022

The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates on Saturday held the Israeli government of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett fully and directly responsible for the current Israeli escalation of violence in the occupied West Bank, WAFA reported.

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Israeli troops take position in the Nur Shams refugee camp near in the northern West Bank town of Tulkarem on April 10,2022, AP

In the latest Israeli escalation in the West Bank, occupation forces shot and killed a Palestinian man and injured 10 others in the city of Jenin.

“The Israeli escalation is an attempt to replace the negotiated political solution to the conflict with other solutions that reflect the real absence of the Israeli peace partner, and which reflect Israel’s denial of the political rights of the Palestinian people, foremost of which is their right to self-determination and the embodiment of its independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital,” said the ministry in a statement.

"There is no alternative to a negotiated political solution to the conflict on the basis of international legitimacy and its resolutions. All alternatives that Israel is trying to impose on the Palestinian people will fail," the statement added.

Israeli forces on Sunday carried out fresh raids into Jenin, a bastion of Palestinian militant groups and the home of gunmen who launched recent deadly attacks.

At least 10 people were wounded in clashes in Jenin, as well as in Jericho and Tulkarem, the Palestinian health ministry said Sunday, while the Palestinian Prisoners Club announced 24 arrests in various West Bank cities.

"Troops are currently operating in the city of Jenin," in the north of the West Bank, a territory occupied since 1967 by Israel, the Israeli army said in a brief message.

The military operation came after a gunman from Jenin went on a shooting rampage in a popular Tel Aviv nightlife area on Thursday evening, killing three Israelis and wounding more than a dozen others.

Israel said Friday it had killed the alleged attacker, Raad Hazem, 28.

A total of 14 people have been killed in four attacks in Israel since March 22, including another shooting spree on March 29 in Bnei Brak, an Orthodox Jewish city near Tel Aviv, which was carried out by a Palestinian attacker also from Jenin.

Some attacks have been carried out by assailants linked to or inspired by the Islamic State group.

Over the same period, at least 10 Palestinians have been killed, including assailants, according to a count by AFP.

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