Palestinians reach truce to stop violent clashes in West Bank city
Palestinian security forces and militants agreed on Wednesday to a truce to end violence in a West Bank city that is a flashpoint, local officials said. The violence underscores the deep disappointment with the internationally-backed Palestinian leader.
For now, the deal to end the conflict has eased tensions in the region, which on Tuesday was engulfed in some of the fiercest confrontations against the Palestinian Authority in years. But the truce failed to resolve potential and widespread opposition to Palestinian-Israeli security coordination.
The clashes erupted after Palestinian security services carried out arrest raids on local militants. The two sides exchanged fire, with angry residents throwing objects at an armoured jeep and driving it away. One man was reported dead. The violence is reminiscent of the way Palestinians typically protest against Israeli forces.
The unrest in Nablus reflected the extreme unpopularity of the Palestinian leadership, whose security relationship with Israel is widely believed to have cemented Israel’s 55-year military occupation of the West Bank and its nearly 3 million inhabitants. It is also plagued by corruption and has repeatedly delayed elections.
On Wednesday, Nablus, known as the commercial capital of the West Bank, returned to normal life. Shoppers walked around debris from the clashes, as firefighters smashed broken glass from cranes from storefront windows bordering the city’s main Martyr’s Square. Palestinian security forces are deployed in armored vehicles in the city center.
Under the truce, Palestinian security forces will stop arresting suspects wanted by Israel in the city unless they violate Palestinian law, a committee of Palestinian factions and other prominent figures said. Authorities will discuss the release of a man arrested in the latest raid. They will also release Palestinians detained in Tuesday’s clashes unless they destroy property or are looted.
The Palestinian Authority maintains close security ties with Israel, and the two often collaborate against Islamist militants in the West Bank.Israel urges PA to do more to contain militants, especially in A string of deadly attacks The Israelis were attacked in the spring, killing 19 people.
Israel has instead stepped up its own activities in the region, sending troops nightly into invading villages and towns, rounding up hundreds of Palestinians and killing some 90 in the process. Israel said the vast majority of those killed were militants, while others were local youths killed when they threw stones or Molotov cocktails at Israeli troops.
Some civilians killed During the violence, one of the veterans Al Jazeera reporter And lawyers who inadvertently drive into war zones. The Palestinian Ministry of Health announced at the time that 16-year-old Palestinian Ghaith Yamin was shot dead by Israeli soldiers in May during clashes during a Jewish pilgrimage to the West Bank.
The northern West Bank, including Nablus and surrounding areas of Jenin, a city that has long been a bastion of armed struggle against Israel, has been the focus of the attack. The Palestinian Authority has less of a foothold there and is heavily dubious over its security ties with Israel.
That disappointment, combined with tensions caused by nighttime Israeli raids, boiled over in Tuesday’s clashes.
Israel said the attack was aimed at destroying militant networks threatening its citizens and was doing everything it could to avoid harming civilians. Palestinians say the invasion is to maintain Israeli military rule over the territory they want to build a future state — a dream that seems as distant as ever, with no serious peace talks for more than a decade.
Iseral’s Occupy the West Bank Now in its 55th year, it shows no signs of ending anytime soon. Palestinians seek the entire West Bank, home to some 500,000 Israeli settlers, as the heartland of a future independent state.
In Tel Aviv, police said they found 28-year-old West Bank resident Musa Sarsour hanged near a major shopping area in central Tel Aviv on Wednesday. Sarsour is suspected of killing an 84-year-old woman in Tel Aviv’s southern suburbs on Tuesday. According to Israeli media reports, Israeli media quoted authorities as saying that Sasour’s death was an apparent suicide. AFP.
Security camera footage that captured the attack showed the woman being repeatedly hit from behind and falling to the ground.
Israeli Prime Minister Yar Rapid United Nations General Assembly In New York, he called the killing “an appalling attack by a cowardly and cowardly terrorist.”