UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — A Palestinian youth was killed by a bullet during clashes in the northern West Bank on Friday with the Israeli army, which has reinforced its forces in the face of tension caused by the announcement of US President Donald Trump’s peace plan in the Middle East.
According to the ministry, the dead man was called Badr Ahmed Nafleh, 19, who was killed by a bullet in the neck during the confrontations in the village of Qaffin, near the city of Tulkarm in the northern West Bank.
Residents of the village of Qaffin told AFP that after the Friday prayers, young men demonstrated against the wall near the site, and the Israeli army arrived at the scene and fired live ammunition, which resulted in the injury of Badr in the neck directly.
And clashes took place in several areas in the West Bank on Friday, as part of a series of protests that Palestinians have begun since President Donald Trump announced his peace plan.
The Israeli army announced the reinforcement of its forces in the occupied West Bank after the recent tensions and in anticipation of the outbreak of confrontations after Friday prayers.
Three Palestinians were killed Thursday, two of them in clashes in the northern West Bank city of Jenin during the demolition of the home of an attacker against Israelis, and a third Israeli Arab from the city of Haifa was killed after he carried out an attack in Old Jerusalem against Israeli police.
In addition, 14 people, including 12 Israeli soldiers, were wounded at dawn Thursday in a car over run in central Jerusalem.
The Israeli army announced the arrest of the bomber, Sanad Khaled Al-Turman, from Jerusalem, and is being investigated.
The Palestinian police announced that they were investigating the killing of a fourth Palestinian, shot by the Israeli army, while he was inside his office.
And Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennett from the far-right “Right” coalition announced Thursday evening that the army “will strengthen its forces in” Judea and Samaria “during the end of this week.”
He added, during a meeting at the Ministry of Defense in Tel Aviv, to assess the security situation and listen to the latest developments from the army leaders, that “we will respond firmly to the launch of balloons from the Gaza Strip.”
A statement of the Israeli police on Friday spoke of a high “readiness”, noting that “the police forces have been reinforced on the Temple Mount to ensure public security and the Friday prayers in the Temple Mount as usual.”
Friday usually witnesses protest demonstrations against Israel. Thousands of Palestinians go to Al-Aqsa Mosque Friday to pray.
About 25,000 people participated in prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem, without incident, according to the Israeli police.
In the occupied West Bank, however, AFP photographers reported that about a hundred Palestinians participated in a march on the fifteenth anniversary of the launch of the popular resistance in Bil’in against the Trump plan, and the march headed towards the separation wall between Bil’in village and the Modi’in Illit settlements settlement built on the lands of the villagers.
The young men ascended the ladder and started throwing burning tires towards the army and towards the settlement. One of them threw a Molotov cocktail, and the army in turn fired sound and tear gas canisters.
There has been an escalation of tension between Palestinians and Israelis since the Trump plan was announced.
The plan stipulates that Washington recognizes the annexation by Israel of settlements established on occupied land in the West Bank, especially in the Jordan Valley. It also recognizes a Palestinian state without upholding the aspirations of the Palestinians to extend over all the lands occupied in 1967.
It also provides for recognition of Jerusalem as the unified capital of Israel, that the capital of the future state of Palestine be established in the town of Abu Dis, to the east of the city of Jerusalem.
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The “Follow-up Committee of the Arab Masses in Israel” condemned the police actions in Jerusalem, accusing it of “detaining buses of worshipers from the Galilee and the Triangle (inside Israel) at dawn today, Friday, as it was on its way to pray at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
The Palestinian presidency condemned on Thursday what it considered an “Israeli escalation” that led to “the martyrdom of four young men by the bullets of the occupation forces and the wounding of dozens” within two days, saying that “the century deal created the atmosphere of escalation and tension with what it is trying to impose from the fake facts on the ground.”
On Friday, a Palestinian police spokesman announced that it had opened a “rigorous investigation” to find out the details of the killing of an Israeli police officer while he was inside the police headquarters in the city of Jenin in the occupied West Bank.
Police officer Tariq Badwan, 25, a sergeant, was killed Thursday by the Israeli army during an Israeli military operation to demolish a Palestinian house held in Israeli prisons that led to confrontations.
On Friday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the killing of the policeman, describing it as a “heinous crime”.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated, “I would like to say something to Abu Mazen + this will not help you, neither stabs nor run-overs, nor sniping or incitement.”
In New York, US President George W. Bush’s adviser Jared Kushner blamed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for “the responsibility” of the recent violence, noting that at the same time the door remains open to him to join the peace plan.
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