Israel police kill two gunmen after assault on West Financial institution base

Israeli troopers close to the Israel Gaza border. (Tsafrir Abayov, AP)

  • Three gunmen fired in direction of the Salem border police base, Israel safety forces stated.
  • The assault got here as tensions soar in east Jerusalem over an eviction risk hanging over 4 Palestinian households.
  • Two of the attackers have been killed whereas the third was taken to hospital in a essential situation.

Israeli safety forces killed two gunmen and critically wounded a 3rd on Friday after they opened fireplace on a base within the occupied West Financial institution, Israeli police stated.

The alternate of fireside on the Salem base outdoors the northern West Financial institution city of Jenin was the newest violence within the territory this week, and got here as tensions soar in annexed east Jerusalem over an eviction risk hanging over 4 Palestinian households.

“Three terrorists fired in direction of the Salem border police base,” an announcement from the pressure stated.

Guards returned fireplace and two of the attackers have been pronounced lifeless, whereas the third was taken to hospital in Israel in a “essential situation”.

Three firearms and three knives have been recovered from the attackers, the border police stated. A big provide of ammunition was additionally discovered on one among them.

There was no speedy phrase on the identification of the attackers or any declare of duty.

On Sunday, a 19-year-old Israeli was fatally wounded in a drive-by taking pictures on the Tapuah junction bus cease, additionally within the northern West Financial institution.

Israeli safety forces later introduced they’d arrested Montasser Shalabi, 44, within the village of Silwad close to Ramallah, on suspicion of finishing up the assault.

Palestinian sources stated Shalabi is a twin US nationwide.

Israel’s Shin Wager inner safety company stated Shalabi was not identified to belong to any Palestinian militant group.

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After his arrest, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the safety forces for his or her “swift and decided work that delivered to the seize of the despicable terrorist”, and vowed that “Israel’s lengthy arm will attain anybody who harms our residents.”

On Wednesday, Israeli troops killed a 16-year-old Palestinian after they opened fireplace on protesters throwing petrol bombs.

The funerals of each children have been held on Thursday.

– Jerusalem clashes –

In east Jerusalem, the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood close to the walled Outdated Metropolis has seen current clashes between police and protesters, fuelled by a years-long land dispute between Palestinian refugees and Jewish settlers.

Police stated they made 15 arrests late Thursday and 11 the earlier night time. The Purple Crescent stated 22 Palestinians have been injured within the Wednesday night time clashes.

The violence got here as Palestinian Muslims flocked to the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in east Jerusalem for the final Friday prayers of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

Police stated protesters torched a car and threw stones outdoors a home occupied by Jewish settlers.

Palestinians additionally traded insults with far-right Israeli lawmaker Itamar Ben-Gvir, who visited Sheikh Jarrah to voice assist for the settlers.

– Potential ‘warfare crime’ –

The United Nations known as on Israel Friday to finish any pressured evictions in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, warning that its actions might quantity to “warfare crimes”.

“We name on Israel to instantly name off all pressured evictions,” UN rights workplace spokesman Rupert Colville advised reporters in Geneva.

“We want to emphasise that east Jerusalem stays a part of the occupied Palestinian territory, during which worldwide humanitarian legislation applies,” Colville stated.

“The occupying energy… can not confiscate non-public property in occupied territory,” he stated, including that transferring civilian populations into occupied territory was unlawful beneath worldwide legislation and “might quantity to warfare crimes”.

Earlier this 12 months, a Jerusalem district court docket dominated the houses legally belonged to the Jewish households, citing purchases made when the entire of historic Palestine, together with what’s now Israel, was beneath British rule.

The Jewish plaintiffs claimed their households misplaced the land in the course of the warfare that accompanied Israel’s creation in 1948, a battle that additionally noticed lots of of 1000’s of Palestinians displaced from their houses.

Israeli legislation permits Jews who can show pre-1948 title to get well their properties.

It doesn’t afford the identical proper to Palestinians.

The Sheikh Jarrah households have supplied proof that their houses have been acquired from Jordanian authorities, who managed east Jerusalem from 1948 to 1967.

Israel seized east Jerusalem in 1967 and later annexed it, in a transfer not recognised by a lot of the worldwide group.

The district court docket ruling infuriated Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah, who seen it as an additional step in what they see as a Jewish settler effort to drive Arabs out of east Jerusalem.

Israel’s Supreme Courtroom is to carry a brand new listening to within the case on Monday.

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