Palestinian assailant killed in West Bank


Israeli forces killed Palestinian Ahmad Jarrar during a wide-scale military operation in the town of al-Yamoun in the northern occupied West Bank district of Jenin as hundreds of Palestinians took to the streets to mourn his death.

Khaled succumbed to his wounds, after being shot with a live round in the chest; he died at the at al-Najah Hospital, in Nablus.

Earlier on Tuesday, Israeli forces killed a terrorist in the West Bank village of Yamoun and said he was the head of a cell responsible for an ambush in which an Israeli man was shot dead on January 9.

Israeli soldiers killed, on Wednesday morning, a young Palestinian man near Karmei Tzur illegal Israeli colony, which was built on Palestinian lands in Hebron, after he reportedly stabbed and lightly injured a guard.

The identity of the dead man did not match that of the suspect given by Israeli authorities as the stabber.

They blocked main roads and shut down the Huwwara checkpoint, Wafa reported.

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Medical sources in Hebron said the soldiers shot at least 29 Palestinians with live rounds and rubber-coated steel bullets and caused many to suffer the severe effects of teargas inhalation, in addition to assaulting three with clubs and batons.

Ynet added that Israeli forces also arrested several Palestinians who have been accused of helping Jarrar hide. "The security forces will catch whoever tries to attack Israeli citizens and we will deal with them to the fullest extent of the law", Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

He was the son of a Hamas figure killed by Israeli forces during the second intifada of the early 2000s.

Israeli settlements are seen as illegal under worldwide law and a major obstacle to peace as they are built on Palestinian land, seen as central to a future Palestinian state.

Tensions have risen since United States President Donald Trump's controversial recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital on December 6.