Israeli forces shot dead the 23-year-old Palestinian and wounded five others in Nablus during a raid.
Palestinian medics say Israeli forces shot dead a 23-year-old footballer and wounded five others during clashes in the occupied West Bank.
Ahmed Daraghmeh was fatally wounded early Thursday when Palestinians exchanged fire with Israeli troops storming the city of Nablus to escort Israeli Jews to a site known as Joseph’s Tomb in the Palestinian city.
The sound of gunshots was heard on amateur videos the Palestinians recorded from their windows.
Daraghmeh was from the nearby town of Tubas. Local Palestinian media reported that he played soccer for West Bank Premier League club Thaqafi Tulkarem.
The popular Arabic football website Kooora listed him as the team’s top scorer this season, with six goals.
It was not clear if he was taking part in the fighting.
The Israeli army said it had fired on Palestinians who threw explosives and fired at Israeli troops as they arrived in Nablus, before adding that the “suspects” were hit.
The Palestinian group Hamas, which controls the blockaded Gaza Strip, said Daraghmeh was a member, but did not specify whether he was involved in fighting when he was killed.
Some 150 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem this year, according to official figures, making 2022 the deadliest year for Palestinians since 2006.
Another 31 people have also been killed in Palestinian attacks.
Tensions on the ground have been high since last year. Israeli military incursions and assassinations in Palestinian towns and villages are taking place almost daily, in parallel with an increase in Palestinian armed attacks, as well as an increase in attacks by illegal settlers against Palestinians.
Israeli incursions have focused particularly on the northern West Bank cities of Jenin and Nablus, where armed Palestinian resistance is growing.
Last week, Israeli forces killed a 16-year-old Palestinian girl, Jana Majdi Zakarneh, during a military raid on the northern occupied West Bank city of Jenin.
Zakarneh was playing with her cat on the roof of her house when she was shot dead, according to local media. The ministry said she was shot in the head.
Palestinian body retained as bargaining chip
Meanwhile, Israel’s defense minister said on Wednesday that the remains of a Palestinian prisoner who died a day earlier of lung cancer would not be released for burial.
Benny Gantz’s office said the body of Nasser Abu Hmaid, one of the founders of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, would be held as a bargaining chip for the return of captive Israelis and the remains of soldiers held by the Palestinian group Hamas in the besieged area. Gaza Strip.
Abu Hmaid, 50, was a former leader of the armed wing of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party. He had been serving multiple life sentences since 2002 after being found guilty of involvement in the deaths of seven Israelis during the second Palestinian intifada, or uprising, against Israel’s occupation in the early 2000s.
Israel often holds the remains of Palestinians killed while allegedly carrying out attacks. Israel says the policy serves as a deterrent to future attacks and leverage for prisoner swaps, while rights groups say the action is a form of collective punishment inflicted on bereaved families.
Hamas has been holding two Israeli captives and the remains of two Israeli soldiers killed during the 2014 Gaza war.
Palestinian authorities had called for Abu Hmaid’s release due to his deteriorating health in recent months, and on Tuesday blamed Israel for his death.
Gantz denied accusations that Israel had any role in Abu Hmaid’s death.