Palestinian killed by Israeli troops in West Bank

AFP , Sunday 25 Sep 2022

Israeli troops killed a Palestinian in the occupied West Bank on Sunday, Palestinian sources said, with Israeli occupation forces saying they fired on "armed suspects" during a routine patrol.

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A Palestinian man points at a motorcycle in the northern West Bank, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022. AP


Israeli occupation forces claimed that "hits were identified" after occupation forces fired towards what they called "armed suspects driving in a vehicle and a motorcycle" near Nablus in the northern West Bank, an area that has seen near daily violence in recent months.

The Palestinian health ministry named the man killed as Saed al-Koni.

A loose coalition of fighters called "The Lions Den" that has recently emerged in Nablus claimed Koni as one of their members.

Among the members of this group was teenager Ibrahim al-Nabulsi, who has become a folk hero on social media since his killing by Israeli forces in August. Pendants of al-Nabulsi are on sale in the markets of Nablus Old City.

Koni's death was the second in the Nablus area in the past two days.

On Saturday, a Palestinian driver was killed by Israeli forces after an alleged "attempted ramming attack", which Palestinians said was a traffic accident.

The Palestinian foreign ministry described Muhammad Ali Hussein Awad, 36, as a "defenceless Palestinian" who was not "posing any danger".

"The Israeli police deliberately shot Awad, with the aim of killing him, after his vehicle collided with a police vehicle in a traffic accident," the ministry said.

Israel has occupied the West Bank since the Six Day War of 1967.

Israeli forces have faced criticism over their frequent use of lethal force in response to perceived threats.

Since March, Israel has launched hundreds of raids in the northern West Bank, including Nablus and nearby Jenin, in pursuit of individuals it accuses of involvement in deadly attacks targeting Israelis.

The raids have sparked clashes that have killed dozens of Palestinians, including fighters.

*This story was edited by Ahram Online

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