Violence emerges in West Bank after Israeli Al-Aqsa raid

Members of the Palestinian Al-Aqsa Martyr's Brigades faction affiliated with the Fateh movement take part in the funeral of Yahya Adwan in his village of Azzun in the north of the occupied West Bank, on April 30, 2022, after he was killed during an Israeli army operation in the town. (Photo: AFP)
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM — A Palestinian and an Israeli guard were killed in the occupied West Bank after Israeli forces raided Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on the last Friday of Ramadan, reported Al-Jazeera News. اضافة اعلان

The Palestinian — who was killed by Israeli forces during a pre-dawn Israeli operation in the northern West Bank town of Azzun — was identified by the Palestinian news agency, Wafa, as 27-year-old Yahya Adwan.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, Israeli forces carried out a manhunt in the occupied West Bank after an Israeli guard was shot dead in an attack claimed by a Palestinian armed group.

Israel stated that the guard killed was placed at the entrance to the Ariel settlement on Friday night when fire was opened. Emergency services confirmed the man, in his 20s, had died from his wounds.

Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade, one of the main militant groups active in the West Bank, claimed responsibility for the shooting which, along with the killing of a Palestinian, brought a deadly conclusion to a Friday.

The group is the armed wing of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's Fatah faction.

"We claim responsibility for the heroic operation in the colony of Ariel in which a Zionist officer was killed, in response to violations committed by the occupation government in Jerusalem," the group said.

In response to the incident, Israel on Saturday stepped up its presence, particularly at the entrance to the neighboring Palestinian community of Salfit, according to a statement carried by AFP.

The statement added that security forces had made arrests and seized weapons at Bruqin, also nearby, and at Balata refugee camp near Nablus.

Earlier on Friday, the Palestinian Red Crescent reported that 42 people were hurt at Aqsa compound. For Palestinians some 300 people have been injured due to violence over the last two-week period.

In Azzun, dozens of people, including armed members of Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, gathered Saturday for Adwan's funeral. After the funeral procession, violence ensured and three Palestinians were hospitalized after being hit in the legs by Israeli live fire.

The Al-Aqsa mosque compound is in occupied East Jerusalem, which Israel captured in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, along with the West Bank, and later annexed, in a move not recognized by most of the international community. 

Israel has since built settlements in the West Bank that are illegal under international law.

The Al-Aqsa tensions came against a backdrop of wider violence since March 22 in Israel and the West Bank afte. 

A total of 27 Palestinians and three Israeli Arabs have died since then. Thirteen Israelis died within that same period.

The fresh unrest comes ahead of the end of Ramadan early next week. 

Violence in east Jerusalem has raised fears of another armed conflict similar to the 11-day Israeli war last year in Gaza.

Read more Region and World
Jordan News