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What's behind rare intra-Palestinian clashes in West Bank

The rare clash between the Palestinian Authority and local Palestinians came amid increased Israeli security raids in the territory.
Palestinian militants march during the funeral of Palestinians killed in clashes the previous day in the Israeli military operation in Jenin in the occupied West Bank on July 5, 2023.

A Palestinian man was killed in a gunfight with Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces in the West Bank on Wednesday, a rare instance of violence between the PA and local Palestinians.

PA security personnel arrived at Tulkarm near the Israeli border to clear roads leading to the refugee camp in the town. The roads had been blocked by unidentified gunmen to prevent Israeli incursions, but the PA said locals complained that the obstacles posed a threat to passersby. A gunfight ensued and a Palestinian man was killed. Locals said the deceased was not a member of any armed groups, Reuters reported.

Further details were not immediately clear. Reuters reported that gunmen blamed the Palestinian Authority for the death, while a PA security official said they responded to gunfire toward the Tulkarm governorate.

The PA did not otherwise comment on the incident via its official channels.

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