In Nablus, a Palestinian was killed in clashes during an operation by Palestinian Authority security forces to arrest members of Hamas. The Islamist movement has called the Palestinian Authority an “agent of the occupation”.
A Palestinian was killed in clashes in the occupied West Bank city of Nablus on September 20, in a rare operation by Palestinian Authority security forces to arrest members of the Islamist movement Hamas, concurring sources have reported. .
Palestinian security services spokesman Talal Dweikat said Firas Yaïsh, a 53-year-old man, was killed in Nablus (north), “in an area where Palestinian security forces were not present” . He said he was waiting for the medical report to know the nature of the victim’s injuries.
The clashes continued in the morning. Hundreds of Palestinian youths threw rocks at Palestinian Authority armored vehicles as gunfire was heard across the city.
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Talal Dweikat also confirmed the arrest of Moussab Shtayyeh and Amid Tbaileh, for security reasons, which will be “later disclosed”, he said in a press release.
Hamas slams Palestinian Authority operation as ‘agent of the occupation’
A major rival of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party, Hamas has demanded the immediate release of the prisoners, calling the arrests “kidnapping” and a “national crime”.
Hamas, in power in the Gaza Strip, has criticized the Palestinian Authority for its continued security coordination with Israel. “The Authority [palestinienne] positioned itself as an agent of the occupation [israélienne] facing our people,” denounced the Islamist movement in a statement.
Palestinian Authority operations are relatively rare in the northern West Bank, Palestinian territory occupied since 1967 by Israel, which has been plagued by violence in recent months. For its part, the Israeli army regularly carries out operations in this region where Palestinian armed groups are active. According to her, these raids aim to arrest people suspected of “terrorism” and are frequently interspersed with clashes with fighters or residents.
Dozens of Palestinians, including members of armed groups, were killed during these operations, which multiplied after anti-Israeli attacks from March. Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid assured that he “would not hesitate to act wherever the Palestinian Authority does not maintain order”, after the death of an Israeli officer and two Palestinians in exchanges of fire near Jenin (north).
Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah and Hamas have been at loggerheads since 2007, when the Islamists took control of Gaza after a virtual civil war. Reconciliation efforts were unsuccessful.
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