Palestinians say Israeli occupation troops kill 1 in West Bank raids

AP , Ahram Online , Thursday 2 Jun 2022

Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian in the West Bank on Thursday, the Palestinian Health Ministry said, as troops elsewhere demolished the home of a Palestinian who gunned down Israelis in an attack earlier this year.

Israeli army blowing Palestinian house
The Israeli army blows up the family house of Diaa Armashah, a Palestinian who in March killed five people in a gun attack in Bnei Brak, an Orthodox Jewish city near Tel Aviv, in the village of Yabad near the occupied West Bank town of Jenin, on June 2, 2022. AFP


The Ministry identified the man as Ayman Mheisen, 29. The Israeli occupation military said forces operating in the Dheisheh refugee camp in the West Bank city of Bethlehem were pelted with rocks and explosive devices. The troops responded with live fire, according to the military.

Meanwhile, a blast from the home demolition in the West Bank village of Yaabed lit up the night sky early Thursday. Video released by the Israeli military showed soldiers preparing the house for demolition and an explosion ripping through the three-floor building. The military said forces exchanged fire with Palestinian gunmen at the scene.

The Palestinian whose home was demolished methodically gunned down five people in the Israeli city of Bnei Brak in March. Israel uses home demolitions as a deterrent to prevent further attacks. Critics see the tactic as a form of collective punishment.

On Wednesday, Israeli forces killed two Palestinians, including a local journalist who the occupation state claimed had been carrying a knife.

The events come during a wave of Israeli-Palestinian violence, where a spate of Palestinian attacks set off near-daily arrest raids by Israel in the West Bank.

The tensions were further fueled by clashes at a key Jerusalem mosque and the killing of a well-known Palestinian-American journalist. The Palestinians and witnesses say she was killed by Israeli fire, while Israel says it's not clear if soldiers or Palestinian gunmen fired the deadly bullet.

According to the Palestinian news agency WAFA, Ayman Mheisen, is the fourth Palestinian to be killed within the last 24 hours, after Bilal Awad Tawfiq Kabha, during confrontations in the town of Yaabed, and the young woman, Ghufran Warasna, who were shot by the Israeli occupation forces, at the entrance to Al-Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron.and Yasser Attia al-Masri, from the city of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip, succumbed to his injuries during the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip in May 2021.

At least 19 people have been killed in Palestinian attacks in recent months. At least 35 Palestinians have been killed by Israel. Some were gunmen killed in fighting with Israel, while others were shot while allegedly throwing stones or firebombs at Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank. But an unarmed woman and at least two people who appear to have been bystanders were also among those killed.

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