In the West Bank, four Palestinians were killed overnight from Monday to Tuesday after clashes with Israeli forces. A woman was also injured in a car-ramming attack near the Kokhav Yaakov settlement on Tuesday. The assailant is dead.
Four Palestinians were killed in nightly clashes with Israeli forces in the West Bank, the scene of an upsurge in violence in recent months, the Palestinian Ministry of Health announced on Tuesday (November 29th) and a woman was seriously injured in an attack on the car ram Tuesday in this territory plagued by an upsurge in violence.
The suspected assailant in the ramming attack near the West Bank settlement of Kokhav Yaakov is dead, the Shaarei Tsedek Hospital in Jerusalem where he was taken to, along with the victim, said. a twenty-year-old woman with serious head injuries.
Without confirming her identity, a hospital spokesperson told AFP that she was an Israeli “by all indications”.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Israeli army said it responded to the assault by “rioters” in two separate incidents. The first occurred in Beith Ommar, near Hebron, a city in the southern West Bank where tensions remain high between Israeli settlers and the local Palestinian population, the second in Kafr Ein, near Ramallah, the seat of the Authority Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.
In Beit Ommar, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, a Palestinian died after being shot in the head by the Israeli army.
For its part, the army said in a statement that it had opened fire, without causing any casualties, on “rioters” who had thrown stones and explosive devices at the soldiers after two vehicles of the army, on patrol near Beit Ommar, found themselves blocked by a technical problem.
Then, in Kafr Ein, Jawad and Dhafer Abdul Rahman Rimawi, two brothers aged 22 and 21 respectively, were killed by Israeli army fire, according to the Palestinian ministry.
On Twitter, Palestinian Civil Affairs Minister Hussein al-Sheikh called it a “cold-blooded execution”, calling it a “horrendous crime”.
The Israeli army spoke of a “violent riot” that occurred “during routine activities” of the Israel Defense Forces near Kafr Ein. “Suspects threw stones and Molotov cocktails at the soldiers, who responded with riot dispersal means and live fire,” she said.
“We are aware of reports of two Palestinians being killed. The incident is under review,” she added.
Escalation of violence
After these clashes, the armed Islamist movement Hamas, in power in the Gaza Strip and which has support in the West Bank in particular, indicated in a press release that the Israeli “escalation” would meet “increasing resistance” from the Palestinians .
Violence has intensified in recent months in the West Bank, Palestinian territory occupied by Israel since 1967.
The Israeli army has increased raids through this territory, in the wake of deadly anti-Israeli attacks. These operations and the clashes that are sometimes associated with them have killed more than 125 Palestinians, the heaviest toll in seven years, according to the UN.
“The conflict is once again reaching a boiling point,” said UN mediator for the Middle East, Tor Wennesland, on Monday on the eve of the international day of “solidarity” with the Palestinians.
These events come as negotiations continue to form a new government in Israel, between the Israeli Prime Minister-designate, Benjamin Netanyahu, head of the right-wing Likud party, and his ultra-Orthodox and far-right allies who have arrived in the majority. to the legislative elections of 1er November (64 seats out of 120), in front of the camp of the centrist Yaïr Lapid.
Part of these discussions, Itamar Ben Gvir, figurehead of the far right who won a record number of seats in Parliament (14), pleads for the Israeli forces to be able to use more force against “terrorism” .
Last Friday, Likud and Itamar Ben Gvir’s “Jewish Force” party signed a coalition agreement under which the latter will serve as national security minister in the next government. But this agreement remains conditional and talks continued on Tuesday between the Likud and other parties, religious or far-right, to form a government.
Last week, the Israeli army suspended two soldiers implicated in the attack on human rights activists in Hebron.
“Ben Gvir will clean up here. It’s over, you lost […] the party is over,” said one of the two soldiers, filmed by an activist and whose remarks scandalized a large part of the Israeli press.
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