Palestinian martyred by Israeli forces in West Bank

BETHLEHEM, Palestine (AA) – A Palestinian man was martyred on Wednesday evening by Israeli forces, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

“Ahmad Manasra, 26, was martyred by Israeli forces near the northern West Bank city of Bethlehem,” the ministry said in a statement.

“Ahmad was martyred after a bullet struck his chest,” it added.

According to the ministry, another Palestinian was critically injured when he was shot in the back.

It remains unclear why Israeli forces opened fire on the Palestinian.

There was no comment from the Israeli military on the incident.

Israel imposes Palestine lockdown for Jewish holiday

RMALLAH, Palestine (AA) – The Israeli army will seal off the West Bank and Gaza Strip for four days ahead of the upcoming Jewish holiday of Purim, according to the military on Tuesday.

"Coinciding with Purim and following security assessment, it was decided to impose a closure on the Palestinian territories,” Israeli army said in a statement.

The closure, it said, would begin Wednesday night and end Saturday night.

Purim is celebrated every year on the 14th of the Hebrew month of Adar, which generally falls in late winter or early spring.

During periods of closure, Palestinians are prevented from working in Israel or accessing medical treatment there unless they obtain special permits from the Israeli authorities.

Israel frequently imposes closures on the Palestinian territories during Jewish holidays.

Settlers attack Palestinian property in West Bank

            By Aysar al-Ais</p>  <p>RAMALLAH, Palestinian (AA) – Jewish settlers hurled stones at the homes and vehicles of Palestinian residents in the occupied West Bank on Monday, eyewitnesses said.</p>  <p>The attack took place in Kifl Haris, a Palestinian village in the northern West Bank located six kilometers (3.7 miles) west of the city of Salfit. </p>  <p>The settlers, who also threatened the vehicles’ drivers, caused material damage but no casualties, the eyewitnesses added.</p>  <p> Israeli forces meanwhile erected an iron gate at the entrance to the village of Bruqin west of Salfit following the establishment of an Israeli military checkpoint.</p>  <p>Jewish settlers have cut off roads in the occupied West Bank since Sunday, after a settler and an Israeli soldier were killed and others wounded in a shooting attack in the region.</p>  <p>The Israeli army said a Palestinian had stabbed an Israeli soldier near the Ariel settlement in the northern West Bank on Sunday before opening fire with a rifle on Israelis at a nearby bus station. </p>  <p>Early Monday, Israeli forces raided several homes and shops in Salfit while searching for the suspected shooter. </p>  <p>Roughly 650,000 Israelis live in more than 100 settlements built since 1967, when Israel occupied the West Bank and East Jerusalem. </p>  <p>The Palestinians want these territories, along with the Gaza Strip, for the establishment of a future Palestinian state. </p>  <p>International law views both the West Bank and East Jerusalem as &quot;occupied territories&quot; and considers all Jewish settlement-building activity there illegal.

Israel rounds up 15 Palestinians in occupied West Bank

            RAMALLAH, Palestine (AA) - The Israeli army detained at least 15 Palestinians in overnight raids carried out across the occupied West Bank, according to a military statement issued Thursday. <br>  </p>  <p>The individuals were arrested for “suspected involvement in terrorist activities”, the army said, adding that they had since been referred to relevant authorities for further investigation. <br>  </p>  <p>The Israeli army frequently carries out wide-ranging arrest campaigns across the occupied West Bank on the pretext of searching for “wanted” Palestinians. <br>  </p>  <p>According to estimates, roughly 5,800 Palestinians are currently languishing in Israeli detention facilities, including women, children and a handful of lawmakers.

Palestinian youth shot dead in Israeli-occupied W. Bank

            RAMALLAH, Palestine (AA) - A young Palestinian man was killed in clashes with Israeli forces in the central West Bank, the Palestinian Health Ministry said Tuesday. <br>  </p>  <p>In a statement, the ministry said that Mohamed Shaheen, 23, was critically injured after being shot through the heart by Israeli troops during clashes that erupted earlier Tuesday in the occupied West Bank city of Salfit. <br>  </p>  <p>“Shaheen arrived at the hospital in critical condition,” the statement read. “He was pronounced dead minutes later.” <br>  </p>  <p>Israeli forces reportedly raided the city on Tuesday morning, sparking clashes with local Palestinian youth. <br>  </p>  <p>Earlier the same day, another young Palestinian man was shot dead by Israeli forces following an alleged knife attack in the West Bank city of Hebron (Al-Khalil).

Palestinian killed after alleged W. Bank attack: Army

                            RAMALLAH, Palestine (AA) - A Palestinian man was shot and killed by Israeli forces on Tuesday following an alleged knife attack in the occupied West Bank, the Israeli army said in a statement. <br>  </p>  <p>According to the army, the suspect was injured after allegedly trying to stab an Israeli soldier near the Jewish-only Kiryat Arba settlement in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron (Al-Khalil). </p>  <p>“No injuries were reported among soldiers,” the army statement asserted. <br>  </p>  <p>In a subsequent statement, the army identified the slain Palestinian as Yasser Fawzi Shawki from Al-Khalil.</p>  <p>Witnesses, meanwhile, have reported that soldiers pulled the suspect into a nearby building immediately after the incident.

Israel arrests 11 Palestinians in West Bank raids

RAMALLAH, Palestine (AA) – Israeli forces rounded up 11 Palestinians in overnight raids carried out across the occupied West Bank, according to the military on Tuesday.

The individuals were arrested for "suspected involvement in terrorist activities”, the army said — without elaborating — in a statement.

It said the suspects were kept in custody for further investigation.

The Israeli army frequently carries out wide-ranging arrest campaigns across the West Bank on the pretext of searching for “wanted” Palestinians.

According to estimates, more than 6,000 Palestinians are currently languishing in Israeli detention facilities, including women, children and a handful of lawmakers.

Israeli forces kill Palestinian in West Bank

By Qais Abu Samra and Osama al-Ghassani

RAMALLAH (AA) – A Palestinian youth was shot dead by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank on Sunday, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

Salameh Kaabneh was martyred by Israeli fire near the city of Jericho, the ministry said in a statement.

Israeli police, for its part, said its forces opened fire on a speeding vehicle, whose driver refused orders to stop.

Police said the driver – who was wearing a mask — was killed, while two other people had fled the scene.

Local residents said Israeli forces sealed off the scene and prevented Palestinians from reaching the area.

Israel razes 2 Palestinian homes in occupied West Bank

            RAMALLAH, Palestine (AA) - Israeli forces on Thursday demolished the home of a Palestinian man accused of killing two Israeli soldiers in a shooting attack in the West Bank last December. <br>  </p>  <p>Israeli bulldozers destroyed the home of Assem Barghouthi in the village of Kubar north of Ramallah at dawn Thursday, according to witnesses. <br>  </p>  <p>Witnesses said that Israeli forces had cordoned off the area surrounding the targeted home, triggering clashes with dozens of Palestinian youths.</p>  <p>Israeli soldiers then reportedly used live ammunition to disperse the crowds. <br>  </p>  <p>The Israeli authorities accuse Barghouthi of killing two soldiers and injuring eight Israeli settlers last year in two separate shooting attacks in the West Bank. <br>  </p>  <p>Assem was arrested by Israeli forces on Jan. 8 following a monthlong manhunt. <br>  </p>  <p>Assem's brother, Saleh, was shot dead by Israeli forces last December for his alleged involvement in the attacks. <br>  </p>  <p>The Israeli army still relies on “emergency” legislation dating back to the British Mandate period (1920-1948) to demolish Palestinian homes whose owners are accused of carrying out attacks on Israelis. <br>  </p>  <p>In the West Bank city of Nablus, meanwhile, the Israeli army demolished another Palestinian home on the pretext that it had been built without official permission. <br>  </p>  <p>At dawn Thursday, two bulldozers backed by dozens of soldiers stormed the village of Burqa near Nablus before demolishing the structure, which had been owned by a local Palestinian. <br>  </p>  <p>Burqa is located in what the Oslo Accords designate as “Area C” of the West Bank, over which Israel enjoys full administrative and security control. <br>  </p>  <p>Palestinians are forbidden to build structures in Area C without first getting permits from the Israeli authorities, which are almost impossible to obtain. <br>  </p>  <p>Signed in 1993 between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization, the Oslo Accords divided the occupied West Bank -- including East Jerusalem -- into Areas A, B, and C. <br>  </p>  <p>Area A falls under the Palestinian Authority (PA)’s administrative and security control; Area B falls under the PA’s administrative control and Israeli security control; and Area C falls under the exclusive administrative and security control of Israel. </p>  <p>In a related development, Israeli forces detained 17 Palestinians in overnight raids carried out across the West Bank, according to the Israeli army. <br>  </p>  <p>The 17 individuals were detained for suspected involvement in “terrorist and violent disorders” directed against Israeli targets, the army said in a Thursday statement. <br>  </p>  <p>Suspects, the army added, had since been referred to the relevant authorities for interrogation. <br>  </p>  <p>The Israeli army frequently carries out wide-ranging arrest campaigns across the West Bank and Jerusalem on the pretext of searching for “wanted” Palestinians. <br>  </p>  <p>An estimated 6,000 Palestinians are currently languishing in Israeli prisons, including numerous women and children and a handful of lawmakers.

Israel razes Palestinian's home over West Bank shooting

            By Qays Abu Samra</p>  <p>RAMALLAH (AA) - The Israeli army demolished the home of a Palestinian activist Thursday who is accused of killing two Israeli soldiers in an armed attack.</p>  <p>Israeli forces raided Assem Barghouthi’s house in the town of Kobar in the central West Bank and destroyed it with bulldozers.</p>  <p>Violence erupted when Palestinians tried to stop the Israeli soldiers, who attacked them with both live and rubber bullets and tear gas.</p>  <p>Israeli authorities accuse Barghouthi of killing two soldiers and injuring eight settlers in two shooting attacks in the West Bank last year. </p>  <p>He was arrested by Israeli forces on Jan. 8 after a month-long manhunt. </p>  <p>His brother, Saleh, was shot dead by Israeli forces in December for his alleged involvement in a shooting attack. </p>  <p>In February, the Israeli army said it would demolish the two brothers’ homes for their alleged involvement in attacks against Israeli targets. </p>  <p>They later detained Barghouthi's mother, Suheir Barghouthi.</p>  <p>The Israeli army uses the emergency law of the British Mandate in 1945 to demolish Palestinian homes whose owners allegedly carried out attacks against Israelis. </p>  <p>Israel’s top court usually rejects Palestinians' appeals against the demolition of their homes.</p>  <p>*Writing by Sibel Morrow