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Thousands mourn two Palestinian men killed by Israel in Nablus | Israel-Palestine conflict news

Ramallah, occupied West Bank Two Palestinian men died after being shot by Israeli forces in separate incidents in the northern Israeli-occupied West Bank city of Nablus.

Mohammed Abu Kishek, 22, was pronounced dead by the Palestinian health ministry on Wednesday night, less than 24 hours after he was shot in the abdomen by Israeli forces during a raid on Tuesday night.

Another person, Mohammad Hirzallah, 30, who Lions Den Armed Resistance Group, succumbed to wounds sustained while being shot in the head by Israeli forces in July while engaging in armed clashes in Nablus. hirzallah was fighting with Two famous leaders of the Lions Den when he got injured.

Thousands of Palestinians attended the funerals of Abu Kishek and Hirzallah, which began on Thursday morning in the city of Nablus. Dozens of armed men were present, shooting ammunition into the air in a show of anger and grief.

Local journalist Mohammed Muna, who attended the funeral, told Al Jazeera, “There is anger and sadness… there was a clear presence of armed men from the Lions Den and other armed groups.”

Hirzallah, who spent four months in hospital and underwent multiple surgeries, died at Istishari Hospital in Ramallah.

His body was taken to Nablus on Wednesday night in a large convoy. Local media reported that Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces attacked the convoy and mourners in the main square in Nablus with tear gas and stun grenades.

“It appears that there was a demand or security order for the armed men not to come out in public with their weapons and not to fire ammunition into the air,” Muna said. “The presence of the security services at the roundabout, with their armored vehicles, enraged the men.”

“There appears to have been an exchange of strong language, and some people started shouting against the security services, so it developed from there and the officers fired tear gas and live ammunition into the air,” he said.

PA is yet to comment on the incident.

a third was Palestinian first killed on wednesdayAhmed Amjad Shahadeh, 16, was shot during the same Nablus raid as Abu Kishek on Tuesday night.

came in the form of murders two explosions in jerusalem On Wednesday morning, what Israeli officials said was a coordinated attack by Palestinians killed one Israeli and wounded at least 12.

Israeli authorities continued to search for the suspected attackers on Thursday.

The first explosion occurred near an Israeli bus station near Givat Shaul, a highway at the western entrance to Jerusalem, while the second was smaller and occurred half an hour later at Ramot, the northern entrance to Jerusalem.

Israeli army separately on Wednesday Demolished a recently built Palestinian primary school in the area of ​​Masafar Yatta in the southern occupied West Bank, home to more than 1,300 residents Facing imminent forced displacement. The school was built by PA with funding from the European Union (EU).

PA Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said the school’s demolition comes as “part of a war Israel is waging on our people,” which includes violations against education and students.

The Israeli army said it had demolished a building illegally constructed in an area designated as a closed firing zone.

Since 1967, Israel has designated approximately 18 percent of the occupied West Bank as closed military training or firing zones, rendering more than 6,000 Palestinians as “illegal” residents.

body handed over

At dawn on Thursday, Palestinian fighters handed over the body of an 18-year-old Israeli who died after being held for two days in a car crash near Jenin in the northern occupied West Bank.

The PA pressured the fighters to release the body, which was handed over to the Israeli army at the Salem checkpoint in northern Jenin.

Tensions in the occupied West Bank and Israel have been boiling over the past year.

Israeli military raids and killings of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank have increased and are occurring on an almost daily basis, in parallel Increase in Palestinian armed attacksas well as a Increase in Settler Attacks against the Palestinians.

More than 200 Palestinians, including more than 50 children, have been killed by Israel in areas occupied by East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip. Deadliest year for Palestinians since 2006,

More than 25 people have died in Israel.

The developments come as Benjamin Netanyahu, who has been tasked with forming the next Israeli government after coming out on top in this month’s general elections, sought to forge a new coalition with far-right and ultra-nationalist parties. The conversation has continued.

On Wednesday, Netanyahu announced he had agreed with his ally, the head of the Religious Zionism Party, Bezalel Smotrich, the Israeli army body in charge of administering the occupied West Bank, known as COGAT. But have agreed to give up control of the latter.

The position would mean that Smotrich, a controversial figure who has openly encouraged violence against Palestinians, would be in charge of Area C, which makes up 60 percent of the occupied West Bank under full Israeli military and civilian control, and where All illegal Israeli settlements are located.

Smotrich will oversee Palestinian construction in Area C, where it is already highly restricted, He would also be in charge of Israeli settlement construction, security coordination between the Israeli army and the PA, and permits for Palestinian workers in Israel.

in 2019, in response to International Criminal Court (ICC) Smotrich’s decision to launch an investigation into alleged Israeli war crimes called for disbandment of the PA and said that the ICC was a “political, anti-Semitic body”.

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