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Palestinians say Israeli forces killed man in West Bank

Tel Aviv – Israeli forces killed a Palestinian man on Monday in the occupied West Bank flashpoint city, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health. The killing marks the latest bloodshed in a maelstrom of violence unleashed during a visit to the region by Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.

The Israeli military did not immediately comment. A 26-year-old man named Nassim Abu Fouda was shot in Hebron, the center of clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinians, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

Violence in Israel and Palestine has surged in recent days, Israeli military raids on militant strongholds The West Bank city of Jenin killed nine people last week, most of them militants, Palestinian shooting at Jewish settlement in East Jerusalem It killed seven Israelis.

Unrest has continued since, prompting Israel to approve a series of punitive measures against the Palestinians, escalating tensions. When Blinken begins meeting with leaders later in the day.

The violence comes months after Israeli arrest raids in the West Bank launched after a series of Palestinian attacks against Israelis in the spring of 2022 that killed 19 people. Nearly 150 Palestinians were killed in the West Bank and East Jerusalem last year, the deadliest year in those regions since 2004, according to figures from the Israeli rights group B’Tselem. Ten more Israelis were killed late last year, bringing Israel’s death toll in 2022 to his 29.

Bloodshed surged this month in the first weeks of Israel’s new far-right government, which took a tough stance on Palestinians and promised to step up construction of settlements. The number is now 35.

Brinken’s planned visit before the flare-up was expected to be fraught with tension over disagreements between the Biden administration and the new government led by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He now has additional challenges to deal with during his travels and is trying to regain his composure even as the violence continues.

After the Jenin raid, the Palestinians said they would cancel security arrangements with Israel, and after attacks against Israelis intensified, Israel said it would strengthen Jewish settlements in the West Bank. among other steps.

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