November 26, 2022
Thousands mourn two Palestinian men killed by Israel in Nablus


Ramallah, occupied West Financial institution – Two Palestinian males have succumbed to their wounds after they have been shot by the Israeli military in separate incidents within the northern Israeli-occupied West Financial institution metropolis of Nablus.

Mohammad Abu Kishek, aged 22, was pronounced lifeless by the Palestinian Ministry of Well being on Wednesday evening, lower than 24 hours after he was shot within the abdomen by Israeli forces throughout a raid on Tuesday evening.

One other man, 30-year-old Mohammad Hirzallah, a fighter with the Lions’ Den armed resistance group, succumbed to wounds he sustained when he was shot by the Israeli military within the head in July, whereas partaking in armed clashes in Nablus. Hirzallah was preventing alongside two well-known leaders of the Lions’ Den when he was injured.

Hundreds of Palestinians turned out for the funeral procession of Abu Kishek and Hirzallah, which started on Thursday morning in Nablus metropolis. Dozens of armed males have been current, capturing stay ammunition into the air in an indication of anger and mourning.

“There’s rage and disappointment … There was an evident presence of armed males, from the Lions’ Den and different armed teams,” native journalist Mohammad Muna, who attended the funerals, advised Al Jazeera.

Hirzallah, who spent 4 months in hospital and underwent a number of surgical procedures, handed away on the Istishari Hospital in Ramallah.

His physique was transferred in a big convoy to Nablus on Wednesday evening. Native media reported that Palestinian Authority (PA) safety forces attacked the convoy and mourners on the primary roundabout in Nablus with tear gasoline and stun grenades.

“It seems that there was a requirement or safety order to the armed males to not come out publicly with their weapons, and to not shoot stay ammunition into the air,” mentioned Muna. “The presence of the safety providers on the roundabout, with their armoured autos, appears to have irritated the lads.”

“It seems that there was an alternate of sturdy language, and among the males started chanting towards the safety providers, so it developed from there and led to the officers firing tear gasoline and stay ammunition into the air,” he added.

The PA has not but commented on the incident.

A 3rd Palestinian was killed earlier on Wednesday, 16-year-old Ahmad Amjad Shehadeh, throughout the identical Nablus raid Abu Kishek was shot at on Tuesday evening.

The killings got here as two explosions rocked Jerusalem on Wednesday morning, in what Israeli authorities mentioned was a coordinated assault by Palestinians that left one Israeli lifeless and at the very least 12 injured.

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

The primary explosion passed off close to an Israeli bus station alongside a freeway on the western entrance into Jerusalem close to Givat Shaul, whereas the second was smaller and passed off half hour later on the northern entrance to Jerusalem in Ramot.

Individually on Wednesday, Israeli forces demolished a lately constructed Palestinian main faculty within the space of Masafer Yatta within the southern occupied West Financial institution, the place greater than 1,300 residents are going through imminent compelled displacement. The varsity had been constructed by the PA with European Union (EU) funding.

PA Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh mentioned the demolition of the college “comes as a part of a struggle that Israel is waging on our individuals,” together with via violations towards training and college students.

The Israeli military mentioned it had demolished a constructing constructed illegally in an space designated as a closed firing zone.

Since 1967, Israel has designated some 18 % of the occupied West Financial institution as closed navy coaching or firing zones, rendering greater than 6,000 Palestinians as “unlawful” residents.

Physique handed over

On Thursday at daybreak, Palestinian fighters handed over the physique of an 18-year-old Israeli who died in a automotive crash close to Jenin within the northern occupied West Financial institution after holding it for 2 days.

The PA had pressured the fighters to launch the physique, which was handed over to the Israeli military on the Salem checkpoint in northern Jenin.

Tensions within the occupied West Financial institution and Israel have been on the boil since final yr.

Israeli military raids and killings of Palestinians throughout the occupied West Financial institution have elevated and occur on a near-daily foundation, in parallel with an increase in Palestinian armed assaults, in addition to an enhance in settler assaults towards Palestinians.

Greater than 200 Palestinians, together with greater than 50 youngsters, have been killed by Israel within the occupied territories of East Jerusalem, the West Financial institution and the besieged Gaza Strip – within the deadliest yr for Palestinians since 2006.

Greater than 25 individuals have been killed in Israel.

The developments come as Benjamin Netanyahu, who has been tasked with forming the subsequent Israeli authorities after popping out on prime on this month’s common elections, continues negotiations to type a brand new his coalition with far-right and ultra-nationalist events.

On Wednesday, Netanyahu introduced that he had agreed together with his ally, the top of the Non secular Zionism celebration Bezalel Smotrich, to present the latter management over the Israeli military physique in control of administering the occupied West Financial institution, often known as COGAT.

The place will imply that Smotrich, a controversial determine who has overtly inspired violence towards Palestinians, can be in control of Space C, which makes up the 60 % of the occupied West Financial institution below full Israeli navy and civil management, and the place all unlawful Israeli settlements are positioned.

Smotrich will oversee Palestinian development in Space C, the place it’s already extremely restricted. He may even be in control of Israeli settlement development, safety coordination between the Israeli military and the PA, and permits for Palestinian employees in Israel.

In 2019, in response to the Worldwide Legal Court docket’s (ICC) determination to launch an investigation into alleged Israeli struggle crimes, Smotrich referred to as for the dismantling of the PA and mentioned the ICC was a “political, anti-Semitic establishment”.


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