Two more die as Israeli-Palestinian unrest boils, political faultlines widen

Two more die as Israeli-Palestinian unrest boils, political faultlines widen

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In a sign of Israel’s fractured political rift, thousands of Israelis marched towards Evyatar, an empty outpost in the West Bank, in support of the expansion of settlements.

Israeli-Palestinian violence has escalated this year, with frequent military raids and violence by Israeli settlers amid Palestinian attacks. More than 90 Palestinians and at least 19 Israelis and foreigners have been killed since January.

Tensions escalated after Israeli police raids on the Al-Aqsa mosque compound last week triggered rocket attacks on Israel that were met with Israeli attacks in Gaza, south Lebanon and Syria.

The Palestinian health ministry said 15-year-old Mohammad Balhan was shot in the head, chest and abdomen after an Israeli raid near the occupied West Bank city of Jericho.

The Israeli army said in a statement that its forces operated in the Aqbat Jaber refugee camp adjacent to Jericho to capture Palestinians suspected of involvement in attacks against Israelis.

The army said that during the raid the suspects opened fire and threw explosives at its forces, who retaliated with live fire and killed some of the suspects, but no soldiers were injured.

An eyewitness said that he saw some people throwing stones at the army after they raided the camp.

Faiz Balhan, the girl’s father, said, “I had just left my house when I saw armed forces and people throwing stones.”

After another injured man was taken away in an ambulance, the father saw a young man lying on the ground who turned out to be his son, he told Reuters.

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