Palestinian militants renew West Bank rocket attack bid

AFP , Tuesday 15 Aug 2023

Palestinian militants renewed their efforts to fire a rocket at a West Bank settlement Tuesday amid spiralling violence in the occupied territory, a launch which the Israeli military said failed.

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Palestinians gather at the site of an Israeli airstrike amid Israel-Gaza fighting in Deir al-Balah town in the central Gaza Strip, May 13, 2023. AFP

 

A statement by a group calling itself the Ayyash Battalion said its militants "succeeded in striking the unlawful settlement Shaked, west of Jenin, with a Qassam rocket."

The move was a "response to the enemy crimes against our people and revenge for the blood of our martyrs," the group said on Telegram.

The development comes against the backdrop of worsening violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with both sides adapting their weaponry in the West Bank.

The Israeli military described the latest incident in the northern West Bank as a "failed rocket launch".

"Soldiers located the improvised rocket and launcher remnants," an army statement said.

It is the fourth time since June 26 that Israeli forces have announced rocket fire or an attempted launch in the northern West Bank.

There have been no reports of related casualties.

While Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip are known to have large stockpiles of rockets, their presence in the West Bank has been rare.

Israeli forces too have been changing their approach in the West Bank, with drone strikes on Palestinian targets in recent months.

In the latest raid by Israeli troops, two people were shot dead in the West Bank city of Jericho on Tuesday.

The deaths brought to 216 the number of Palestinians killed in the conflict this year.

Some 28 Israelis, one Ukrainian and one Italian have also been killed, according to an AFP tally compiled from official sources on both sides.

They include, on the Palestinian side, combatants as well as civilians and, on the Israeli side, three members of the Arab minority.

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