Search underway for suspects after fatal West Bank shooting of Israeli rabbi

11 January, 2018, 21:15 | Author: Charlene Valdez
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The spokeswoman said troops searching the area for the suspects in the killing of an Israeli settler who was shot dead earlier this week, had come under attack from "a massive barrage of rocks" and that troops had fired at the main instigator.

Roughly 500,000 Israelis now live in more than 100 Jewish-only settlements that have been built since Israel occupied the West Bank and East Jerusalem in 1967.

The victim, Raziel Shevah, died in a hospital after he was hit by multiple bullets Tuesday night near Havat Gilad, an unauthorized Jewish settlement near Nablus.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised to do "everything possible" to apprehend the shooter.

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A Palestinian was shot dead in clashes with Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, Palestinian officials said.

Meanwhile, the ministry issued another statement accusing the United States envoy to Israel David Friedman of adopting the policies of Israeli occupation through his attack on the Palestinian National Authority (PNA). "Look no further to why there is no peace", Friedman said.

Israel has long unsuccessfully pushed for the Palestinians to halt the "martyrs' fund" - payments to roughly 35,000 families of Palestinians killed and wounded in the conflict with Israel, including suicide bombers and other militants, arguing that the practice encourages violence.

"There is no justification for terror and those who condone it, praise it or glorify it".

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"The plans that were approved involve construction of more than 200 homes in [the settlement of] Oranit and more than 50 in [the settlement of] Petzael in the Jordan Valley", Israeli daily Haaretz reported.

Sources in the Gaza Strip said dozens of Palestinian young people were taking part at the time in a protest at the border against U.S. President Donald Trump's December announcement recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Most countries consider the settlements Israel built in the territory it captured in the 1967 Middle East war illegal. Some 330,000 Palestinians live in east Jerusalem.

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