The Israeli army faces unrest in the West Bank

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A member of the Israeli security forces frisks a young Palestinian man in Hebron, West Bank.

A young Palestinian man was killed on Wednesday by the Israeli army in the occupied West Bank, where many Palestinians were protesting against Israeli army operations, the Palestinian Ministry of Health announced.

According to the ministry, 18-year-old Osama Mahmoud Adawi was killed by bullets fired by [Israeli] occupation forces in Al-Aroub refugee camp near Hebron, Great Britain. town in the southern West Bank, a Palestinian territory occupied by Israel since 1967.

Clashes took place at the entrance to Al-Aroub camp between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian youth protesting Israeli military operations in the West Bank, according to the official Palestinian news agency Wafa.

The Israeli army said soldiers chased Palestinians who were throwing stones at vehicles on a road near the camp.

The soldiers spotted the suspects near the camp […] and responded by firing live ammunition in their direction. One person was hit, she said in a statement without further details.

Palestinians launched strikes and demonstrations in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank on Wednesday to protest Israeli measures imposed following the killing of two soldiers in recent attacks days.

On Saturday, Israeli soldier Noa Lazar was killed at a checkpoint in Chouafat, a Palestinian refugee camp in East Jerusalem, the eastern part of Jerusalem occupied in 1967 by Israel and then annexed.

The army and the police launched a manhunt to find the perpetrator of the attack, and surrounded the camp of Shuafat.

Clashes broke out in the camp on Wednesday between heavily armed Israeli forces and Palestinians who threw stones at them.

A Palestinian protester throws stones at Israeli soldiers in Ramallah, West Bank

According to Kazem Abou Khalaf, a spokesperson for the UN agency for the aid of Palestinian refugees (Unrwa), the tightened control at the entrances to the camp and the violence have led to the closure of schools and agency health centers in Chouafat.

“The situation there is really tense”

— Kazem Abou Khalaf, spokesperson for Unrwa

On Tuesday evening, an Israeli soldier was killed in a new attack near Nablus in the northern West Bank.

The Israeli army then said it had blocked roads leading to this town, which was also on strike. In the wake of deadly anti-Israeli attacks in March and April, the Israeli military stepped up operations and arrests in the West Bank.

These raids, often interspersed with clashes with the Palestinian population, left more than a hundred dead on the Palestinian side, the heaviest toll in the West Bank for nearly seven years, according to the UN.

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