The IDF soldier killed by a shooting attack at a checkpoint in East Jerusalem: Israel’s security forces are on the lookout for terrorist attacks
“Overnight, an IDF soldier was killed as a result of being critically injured by a shooting attack at the Shu’afat checkpoint,” the army said in the statement. The solider was declared dead after being evacuated to the hospital for further medical treatment. We have deep sympathies for the family.
According to a Border Police spokesperson “a suspect arrived at the Shuafat crossing and fired at the security forces, in addition, a shot was fired from a passing vehicle. Border Guard forces are searching for the suspects.”
A male in serious condition and a female in mild condition were treated at the scene and taken to a hospital, Israeli emergency services said.
The shooting happened at a checkpoint of the normally quiet area near the Shuafat Refugee Camp in East Jerusalem, an area considered occupied by most of the international community.
In a statement, the Prime Minister said that there were many forces deployed in the field and work to protect Israel’s citizens. Our hearts tonight are with the victims and their families. Terror will not defeat us, we are strong, even on this difficult evening.”
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the occupied West Bank: the settlers who threw Molotov cocktails at a civilian village
The Palestinian Ministry of Health said the youngest person killed was 14-year-old Adel Ibrahim Daoud.
The Israel Defense Forces said they saw the suspect who threw the Molotov cocktails at them near the city of Qal Qalya during routine operational activity. The soldiers responded with live fire. A hit was identified. The incident is under review.”
Palestinian militant groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad praised the suspected attack, and some Palestinians celebrated it in the Gaza Strip. According to footage obtained by Israeli human rights group Yesh Din, a group of Israeli settlers threw stones at a village in the West Bank after the car ramming.
More than 100 people were injured and at least 10 Palestinians were killed in a major Israeli military operation in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday.
The IDF said forces were in the Jenin refugee camp to arrest an “Islamic Jihad operative” who it claims was “involved in terrorist activities, planning and carrying out shooting attacks towards IDF soldiers in the area.”
Tensions between Israelis and Palestinians have been surging for months, amid nightly Israeli raids in the occupied West Bank prompted by a spate of deadly attacks against Israelis that killed 19 people in the spring. There has been an uptick in recent weeks in Palestinian attacks.
Israel has been regularly raiding cities and villages in the occupied West Bank, saying it is targeting militants and their weapon caches before they have the chance to cross into Israel and carry out attacks. The operation, dubbed “Breaking the Wave” by the IDF, was launched after a series of attacks on Israelis. At least 20 Israelis and foreigners have been killed in attacks targeting civilians and soldiers in Israel and the West Bank so far this year.
“The mounting violence in the occupied West Bank is fueling a climate of fear, hatred and anger. It is crucial to reduce tensions immediately to open the space for crucial initiatives aimed at establishing a viable political horizon,” Wennesland said.
The Twin Explosions that Killed a Conservative Prime Minister in Israel: Ben-Gvir, a Front-Ender for a Change of Government, and Israel’s Security Minister
There was an explosion at a bus stop on the edge of the city. About half an hour later the second went off in Ramot, which is in the city’s north. One person died from their wounds, and at least three were seriously wounded in the blasts.
A notice announcing his death says that the victim was a teenager who was heading to a Jewish seminary when the blast happened. The Canadian Ambassador to Israel said that Shechopek was a Canadian citizen. There were conflicting reports about Shechopek’s age.
The fighting comes at a sensitive time, less than two months after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s new hard-line government took office. The government is led by ultranationalists who push for harsher action against Palestinians. Israeli media have quoted top security officials as expressing concern that this could lead to even more violence.
As Benjamin Netanyahu is holding coalition talks after the national elections, he is expected to return to power as head of the most right-wing government ever.
Israel’s far-right national security minister Itamar Ben-Gvir visited the scene of the attack, greeted by angry young Israelis chanting “death to terrorists.” He said he would order police to set up checkpoints to inspect all Palestinians entering and leaving the attacker’s neighborhood, and he vowed to pursue legislation to institute the death penalty — which has almost never been carried out in its history — against convicted attackers.
He said at the scene of the first explosion that it was necessary to exact a price from terror. “We must return to be in control of Israel, to restore deterrence against terror.”
Police, who were searching for the suspected attackers, said their initial findings showed that shrapnel-laden explosive devices were placed at the two sites. The twin blasts occurred amid the buzz of rush hour traffic and police briefly closed part of a main highway leading out of the city, where the first explosion went off. Video from shortly after the initial blast showed debris strewn along the sidewalk as the wail of ambulances blared. The bus in Ramot was hit by a projectile.
A medic, Yosef Haim Gabay, told Israeli Army Radio that the first blast was a crazy explosion. “I saw people with wounds bleeding all over the place.”
Bombing attacks have become very rare for Palestinians in recent years, even though they have been involved in a lot of violence in recent years.
Hamas, which ruled the Gaza Strip and has caused suicide bombings against Israelis before, praised the perpetrators of the attacks but stopped short of claiming responsibility.
Israel said it would be closing two of its West Bank crossings to Palestinians in response to the blasts.
A Palestinian teen kidnapping in a West Bank settlement: Israel’s response to the Israeli attack on the Palestinians in the mideast
“It was something horrendous. Husam Ferro, the teen’s father, told YNet that it was inhumane. “After he was dead they took him in front of my eyes and I couldn’t do anything about it.”
A Druze community leader told YNet talks were underway on the body’s return to the family. Palestinian militants have in the past carried out kidnappings to seek concessions from Israel. The body would be paid a heavy price if it wasn’t returned.
The military said early Sunday that security guards in the West Bank settlement of Kedumim shot a Palestinian with a gun and released a photo of the weapon. There was no further information about the incident or the alleged attacker.
The West Bank was captured by Israel during the 1967 Mideast war. The Palestinians hoped for an independent state in the territories.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a series of attacks against Palestinians, including plans to beef up Jewish settlements in the West Bank, a response to a pair of shooting attacks that killed seven Israelis.
The cloud was cast over the upcoming visit by the Secretary of State to the US after the recent violence in the West Bank and east Jerusalem.
Israeli police say five Palestinians were killed in the car-ramming of a synagogue in the West Bank on Friday night
Netanyahu’s Security Cabinet, filled with politicians aligned with the West Bank settlement movement, approved some of the measures that were put in place after the attacks at the synagogue.
Washington didn’t respond immediately. The Biden administration, which condemned the shooting, opposes settlement construction in east Jerusalem and the West Bank — lands sought by the Palestinians for a future state. The topic is likely to be high on the agenda as Blinken arrives Monday for talks with Israeli and Palestinian officials.
Netanyahu might have to take harsher action by members of his government, which is made up of religious and ultranationalist politicians. Such steps could risk triggering more violence and potentially drag in the Hamas militant group in Gaza.
“If it’s even possible to put this violent genie back into the bottle, even for a little while, this would require the reinforcement and proper deployment of forces … and carefully managing the crisis without being guided by the widespread calls for revenge,” wrote Amos Harel, the defense affairs commentator for the Haaretz newspaper.
Days later, five Palestinians were killed in an Israeli arrest raid elsewhere in the West Bank. The Palestinian car ramming in Jerusalem killed three people, including two brothers.
The names of four of those who died were published by authorities. They included 14-year-old Asher Natan; Eli Mizrahi, 48, and his wife Natali, 45; and Rafael Ben Eliyahu, 56. Some funerals for victims were to be held on Saturday.
A crowd yelled “Leftists go home” when they attacked an Israeli TV crew that came to the area on Saturday.
Ella Sakovich, an aunt of Natali Mizrahi, said that her niece had been celebrating the Jewish Sabbath with her husband and his father when they heard gunfire outside on Friday night.
“While eating, she and her husband wanted to help and went out of the house to treat the wounded; they shot both of them,” Sakovich said in a statement released by Hadassah Hospital, where Natali Mizrahi worked serving food to patients.
Israeli police increased their patrols in east Jerusalem, and arrested 42 people, including family members of the shooter.
The 13-year-old attacker was subdued by two people with licensed weapons as police rushed to the scene. The teen was taken to the hospital by the police.
The Israeli Embassy in Tel Aviv and the Jerusalem Post as a response to the Friday night shooting at the Blinken Reactor in Jenin
Blinken is expected to arrive in Israel on Monday. The Biden administration has condemned Friday night’s shooting and called for calm, but it has not given any details on how it will promote these goals.
Palestinians living in east Jerusalem are allowed to live and work in Israel, but not vote in elections, as they suffer from subpar public services.
The new minister of security, Itamar Ben-Gvir, grabbed the headlines because of his promises to take even stronger action against the Palestinians.
Speaking to reporters at the hospital where the patients were being treated, Ben-Gvir wanted the home of the suspect to be sealed off immediately as a punishment and lashed out at the attorney general for taking too long.
Overhauling Israel’s justice system, including the attorney general’s office, has been at the top of the agenda of the new government, which says unelected judges and jurists have overwhelming powers.
The issue helped to spark weekly protests by Israelis who oppose the changes because they think they will weaken the Supreme Court and undermine democracy.
Tens of thousands of protesters gathered in the central city of Tel Aviv Saturday evening for a new protest. Some people have raised banners saying that Netanyahu and Ben-Gvir are a threat to world peace.
The Palestinian leadership in the West Bank, meanwhile, upheld its decision to halt security coordination with Israel to protest the deadly raid in Jenin.
After a meeting headed by President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, the Palestinian Authority called on international community and the U.S. administration to force Israel to halt its raids in the West Bank.
The raid brings the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces to 61 this year, the Palestinian health ministry said. The number includes people shot as they attacked Israelis, people clashing with Israeli forces during raids, and bystanders.
Police say a policeman shot and killed a driver. The Jerusalem Post identified him as Hussein Karakeh, a Palestinian from Issawiyeh in East Jerusalem.
Israeli authorities said they had targeted three people who were going to carry out attacks in the future. The Israel Defense Force and the Israel Security Agency said in a statement that there were three people neutralized.
The names of at least two suspects released by the IDF – Hussam Esleem and Waleed Dakheel – appeared to match names of the dead released by the Palestinian health ministry. The military said two people were killed in a firefight with them, while one was shot as he fled.
The last time the military conducted a daylight operation in the West Bank, they said it was due to an immediate threat.
The brazen raid, coupled with the high death toll, raised the prospect of further bloodshed. A similar raid last month was followed by a deadly Palestinian attack outside a Jerusalem synagogue, and the Hamas militant group warned that “its patience is running out.”
The raid, which reduced a building to rubble and left a series of shops riddled with bullets, was one of the bloodiest battles in nearly a year of fighting in the West Bank and east Jerusalem. A 72-year-old man was among the 10 killed and 102 people were wounded, Palestinian officials said.
The Israeli military said it entered the city to arrest three wanted militants suspected in previous shooting attacks in the West Bank. The men were found in a hideout.
The Israeli Lion’s Den and the Nablus ‘River’s Back’: Witnesses at the Crossroads in the Old City
In the Old City of Nablus, people stared at the rubble that had been a large home in the centuries-old casbah. Shops were covered with bullets from one end to the other. Parked cars were crushed. Blood stained the cement ruins. Furniture was scattered among the mounds of debris.
The Palestinian Health Ministry said of the 102 people wounded, six were in critical condition. Palestinian militant groups claimed three of the dead as members. A man is also dead. There was no word if the others belonged to armed groups.
Two men were seen running down the street in a security camera video posted on the internet. Gunshots are heard, and both falls to the ground, with one’s hat flying off his head. Both bodies remained still.
The group has battled Israel to four wars since seizing control of Gaza in 2007, and Israeli officials have expressed concerns about rising tensions ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which begins in March.
The Israeli military said on its account that the Lion’s Den was planning to carry out more violence after carrying out shooting attacks against Israelis in the West Bank.
Palestinian officials acknowledged that militants were killed in the raid. They also say that a 16-year-old boy and a 72 year old man are dead.
U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price said the U.S. recognizes Israel’s security concerns but is also “deeply concerned by the large number of injured and the loss of civilian lives” in the raid in Nablus.
Plunging rocks and fruit on the street in the gunfire from the Tijuana clash in the Yukawa capital, Sine-Gordon
News service images from the scene show that in addition to gunfire from the main clash, locals pelted military vehicles with rocks and fruit, as fires raged in the street.