Skip to main content

Palestinian killed by Israeli army in West Bank: Palestinian ministry

Israeli troops fire tear gas in the West Bank village of Deir al-Hatab during clashes in which one Palestinian was killed on October 5
— Deir al-Hatab (Palestinian Territories) (AFP)

A Palestinian was shot dead and at least two others wounded Wednesday by Israeli forces during an operation near Nablus in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian health ministry said.

Alaa Zaghal, 21, "died of a bullet wound to the head fired by the occupation (Israeli) army", a statement read.

Two journalists were also hurt during the clashes, an AFP journalist at the scene witnessed.

Wafa, the official Palestinian news agency, said the two journalists were employees of state television network Palestine TV.

The Israeli army said it had attempted to arrest Salman Amran, 35, describing him as a "Hamas operative" who was "previously imprisoned for being a part of a Hamas military network which planned attacks".

"Soldiers surrounded the residence of the suspect. The suspect shot at the soldiers while barricaded inside the residential building," the army said in a statement.

The clashes ended when Amran "turned himself in", it added.

Local residents said the army had surrounded a house inside the village, which lies east of Nablus.

The operation came as Hussein al-Sheikh, Secretary-General of the Palestine Liberation Organization, visited Washington for talks with US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan.

The White House on Tuesday said that Sullivan had "stressed the need to take steps to de-escalate tensions in the West Bank by countering terrorism and incitement".

Israel

The violence was the latest to hit the north of the Israeli-occupied West Bank, an area that has seen near daily clashes between Israeli troops and Palestinian gunmen since an escalation that began in March.

Nablus has increasingly become a target for Israeli operations following the emergence of a new armed faction, a loose coalition of fighters called "The Lions' Den".

The arrest of one of the group's members by the Palestinian Authority security forces last month sparked clashes in the city between security forces and local militants, killing one.

Israel has occupied the West Bank since the Six Day War of 1967.

Since March, Israel has launched hundreds of raids in the northern West Bank, including Nablus and Jenin, following a wave of attacks targeting Israelis.

The raids have sparked clashes that have killed dozens of Palestinians, including fighters.

Palestinian-American reporter Shireen Abu Akleh was shot dead in Jenin while covering an Israeli military raid in May.

Join hundreds of Middle East professionals with Al-Monitor PRO.

Business and policy professionals use PRO to monitor the regional economy and improve their reports, memos and presentations. Try it for free and cancel anytime.

Free

The Middle East's Best Newsletters

Join over 50,000 readers who access our journalists dedicated newsletters, covering the top political, security, business and tech issues across the region each week.
Delivered straight to your inbox.

Free

What's included:
Our Expertise

Free newsletters available:

  • The Takeaway & Week in Review
  • Middle East Minute (AM)
  • Daily Briefing (PM)
  • Business & Tech Briefing
  • Security Briefing
  • Gulf Briefing
  • Israel Briefing
  • Palestine Briefing
  • Turkey Briefing
  • Iraq Briefing
Expert

Premium Membership

Join the Middle East's most notable experts for premium memos, trend reports, live video Q&A, and intimate in-person events, each detailing exclusive insights on business and geopolitical trends shaping the region.

$25.00 / month
billed annually

Become Member Start with 1-week free trial

We also offer team plans. Please send an email to pro.support@al-monitor.com and we'll onboard your team.

What's included:
Our Expertise AI-driven

Memos - premium analytical writing: actionable insights on markets and geopolitics.

Live Video Q&A - Hear from our top journalists and regional experts.

Special Events - Intimate in-person events with business & political VIPs.

Trend Reports - Deep dive analysis on market updates.

All premium Industry Newsletters - Monitor the Middle East's most important industries. Prioritize your target industries for weekly review:

  • Capital Markets & Private Equity
  • Venture Capital & Startups
  • Green Energy
  • Supply Chain
  • Sustainable Development
  • Leading Edge Technology
  • Oil & Gas
  • Real Estate & Construction
  • Banking

Start your PRO membership today.

Join the Middle East's top business and policy professionals to access exclusive PRO insights today.

Join Al-Monitor PRO Start with 1-week free trial