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Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian in West Bank, claiming he threw explosives

Palestinian health officials say Israeli soldiers shot dead Palestinian in West Bank

ByThe Associated Press

September 30, 2023, 4:33 a.m.

JERUSALEM — Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian in the West Bank, Palestinian health officials said, the latest death in a months-long wave of violence in the occupied territory.

The Israeli army said soldiers on Friday evening shot dead two Palestinians who threw Molotov cocktails at a military post near the West Bank city of Ramallah, the seat of the Palestinian Authority.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said soldiers killed Muhammad Rumaneh from the Amari refugee camp in Ramallah. The militant group Hamas has claimed him as a member.

Health authorities did not specify Rumaneh’s age, saying Israeli authorities were withholding her body.

Israeli officials have suggested in the past that preserving the bodies of Palestinians killed in security incidents could deter attacks and prevent the exaltation of attackers at funerals that often draw giant crowds of protesters.

Instead of a funeral, Ramallah residents called a general strike on Saturday to pay tribute to Rumaneh. Groups of students at Birzeit University near Ramallah canceled Sunday classes.

This incident is the latest in a spiral of violence which has gripped the territory occupied for more than a year and a half. The Israeli army has launched almost nightly raids in Palestinian towns, often provoking deadly clashes with residents. Activism has increased among young Palestinians who have lost hope in their leadership and in the prospect of a political resolution to the conflict.

Nearly 200 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire so far this year in the West Bank, according to an Associated Press tally — the highest toll in years. Israel says most of those killed were militants, but stone-throwing youths protesting the incursions as well as innocent bystanders were also killed.

Palestinian attacks against Israelis have left more than 30 dead since the start of 2023.

Israel captured the West Bank, along with East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, in the 1967 Middle East War.

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