Israeli-Palestinian violence simmers in West Financial institution with raids, clashes By Reuters

© Reuters. Palestinian militants participate in a protest following a conflict between Palestinian gunmen and Israeli military, in Kafr Dan village close to Jenin within the Israeli-occupied West Financial institution September 14, 2022. REUTERS/Raneen Sawafta

RAMALLAH, West Financial institution (Reuters) – Israeli forces killed a Palestinian teenager on Thursday throughout clashes within the occupied West Financial institution, the Palestinian well being ministry mentioned, the newest in a string of lethal incidents which have stoked fears of an escalation.

Violence within the West Financial institution has surged in latest months as Israel has intensified raids following a spate of deadly Palestinian road assaults in its cities.

The Israeli army mentioned its troopers got here below fireplace round Jenin, an space of frequent incursions, whereas working on the homes of Palestinians concerned in a Wednesday conflict that left an Israeli officer and two Palestinian gunmen useless.

“Armed suspects hurled explosive gadgets and Molotov cocktails and fired towards the troopers. In response, the troopers fired towards the suspects. Hits had been recognized,” the army mentioned.

The Palestinian Well being Ministry confirmed the loss of life of a 17-year-old. President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the killing and Israel’s raids within the West Financial institution, the place dozens of Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces this 12 months.

U.S.-sponsored Palestinian statehood talks with Israel collapsed in 2014. Since then, the home credibility of the Palestinian Authority (PA), which has restricted self-government within the West Financial institution, has waned.

“Violence is violence. We would like everybody to do extra, we wish the Palestinian Authority to do extra, the Palestinian safety forces to do extra to forestall it,” U.S. Ambassador Tom Nides informed Israeli Kan radio.

A spokesperson for Abbas mentioned Israel was answerable for the violence.

“The U.S. administration should stress the Israeli authorities to cease its aggression, moderately than look to justify Israel’s crimes whereas holding the Palestinian Authority accountable,” Nabil Abu Rudeineh mentioned in an announcement.

Israel says it has no selection however to function in militant strongholds like Jenin.

“We would like the Palestinian Authority to behave decisively towards terrorism,” Israel’s Nationwide Safety Council head Eyal Hulata informed a safety convention in Tel Aviv. “In durations through which the Authority and the (Palestinian) safety did this successfully, Israel was not required to undertake such intensive exercise.”

Palestinian officers say Israel’s actions are weakening the Palestinian Authority and that stability can solely prevail as soon as the occupation ends.

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