Israeli army kills Palestinian football player in West Bank clashes

AP , Ahram Online , Thursday 22 Dec 2022

Palestinian medics said Israeli forces shot dead a 23-year-old man and wounded five others early Thursday during clashes in the occupied West Bank.

Ahmad Daraghma
A Palestinian youth mourns near the body of Ahmad Daraghma, a Palestinian soccer player killed during clashes with Israeli forces on December 22, 2022, in the city of Nablus in the occupied West Bank. AFP


Ahmed Daraghmeh was mortally wounded when Palestinian militants exchanged fire with Israeli occupation troops that entered the city of Nablus to escort Jewish worshippers to a site known as the biblical Joseph's Tomb in the Palestinian city.

The sound of gunfire was heard in amateur videos that Palestinians recorded from their windows.

Palestinian Prime minister Mohammed Shtayyeh strongly slammed the Israeli crime that resulted in the killing of Daraghma, a soccer player with Markaz Tulkarem - a Palestinian professional football team based in Tulkarem that plays in the West Bank Premier League - who was hit by live rounds in the back and feet, as confrontations erupted when a sizable Israeli army force swept into the eastern part of Nablus to provide protection for Israeli settlers who stormed Joseph’s Tomb.

Shtayyeh called on FIFA to condemn the assassination of player Ahmed Daraghmeh, 23, in Nablus,  and to punish the perpetrators, according to the Palestinian news agency WAFA.

The Israeli military said that troops escorted Israeli civilians to the shrine and that Palestinians ``hurled explosive devices and fired toward the soldiers,`` who responded with live fire. It said troops confirmed shooting a Palestinian.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health stated that the Palestinian death toll from the beginning of the year until this morning has reached 224, including 53 in the Gaza Strip.

Israel says most of the Palestinians killed have been militants, but stone-throwing youths and some people not involved in the violence have also been killed.

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