Israeli army kill 19-year-old Palestinian during raids in West Bank

AP , Monday 5 Sep 2022

Israeli forces shot and killed a 19-year-old in the occupied West Bank in clashes that broke out early Monday during an Israeli arrest raid, Palestinian officials said.

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Israeli soldiers fire riot-control grenades to ward off Palestinians gathering to protest against the closure of a road near the site of an attack on an Israeli bus east of the Palestinian city of Tubas in the north of the occupied West Bank on September 4, 2022. AFP

 

Israeli occupation army said he threw a firebomb at troops from close range.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said the young man, Taher Zakarneh, was shot in the head, the foot and thigh in a town near the occupied West Bank city of Jenin, a bastion of armed struggle against Israeli rule, which has been a focus of monthslong Israeli arrest raids.

The Palestinian Prisoners' Club, which represents current and former Palestinian prisoners, said Israel arrested three Palestinians in its raid in the town of Qabatiya.

The Israeli occupation army said it encountered violent protests during its operation and responded with live fire to rocks and firebombs thrown at troops, including the one thrown by Zakarneh. The occupation army said 17 Palestinians were arrested overnight in raids throughout the West Bank.

Israel has been conducting near-daily arrest raids in the occupied West Bank for months, which were prompted by a spate of deadly attacks against Israelis earlier this year that killed 19 people. Dozens of Palestinians have been killed during that time, many of them militants or people involved in clashes, but some civilians have also been killed, including one who inadvertently drove through a battle zone and a veteran Al Jazeera journalist covering the raids.

Israel says the raids are meant to dismantle militant networks. The Palestinians say the operations are aimed at maintaining Israel's 55-year military occupation of territories they want for an independent state.

Israel captured the West Bank, along with east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, in the 1967 Mideast war. The Palestinians want those areas for their hoped-for state.

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