Palestinian killed in clashes with IDF in West Bank, 5th fatality in a day

Military says suspect hurled firebomb at troops, hours after Palestinian attacker killed following ramming, and three others killed in clashes with military

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Masked Palestinians burn tires during clashes with Israeli security forces following the funeral of Mufid Khalil in the West Bank village of Beit Ummar, near Hebron, November 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)
Masked Palestinians burn tires during clashes with Israeli security forces following the funeral of Mufid Khalil in the West Bank village of Beit Ummar, near Hebron, November 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

A Palestinian man was killed during clashes with Israeli troops in the central West Bank on Tuesday afternoon, Palestinian health officials said, marking the fifth fatality in a day.

The Palestinian Authority Health Ministry said the man was shot by Israeli forces in the village of al-Mughayyir, near Ramallah.

He was identified by Palestinian media as Raed Ghazi Naasan, a member of the Palestinian Authority security services.

The Israel Defense Forces said Palestinians had hurled stones at soldiers who arrived in the town to notify residents of illegal construction. Some parts of al-Mughayyir are considered Area C, where Israel maintains civilian control.

A suspect hurling a Molotov cocktail at troops was shot at, the IDF said, adding that “hits were identified.”

One Israeli soldier was also lightly hurt by the stone-throwing, and taken to a hospital for further treatment, the IDF added.

Hours earlier, a Palestinian attacker was killed after he carried out a car-ramming attack, and early Tuesday, three Palestinians were killed in separate clashes with troops.

In the Tuesday morning attack, Rani Mamoun Fayz Abu Ali, 45, from the town of Beitunia, seriously wounded an Israeli soldier near the settlement of Migron, north of Jerusalem, before fleeing the scene. He was shot dead by police officers after a brief chase.

Earlier that morning, the Palestinian Authority Health Ministry said brothers Jawad Rimawi, 22, and Dhafer Rimawi, 21, were killed when Israeli troops opened fire on them in the town of Kafr Ein. The IDF said clashes had erupted in the town during a routine military operation.

In the pre-dawn hours of Tuesday, a Palestinian man — identified as Mufid Khalil — was killed in clashes with troops, after two military vehicles broke down in a town near Hebron.

The IDF said the two jeeps, on a routine patrol, got stuck in the city due to “technical malfunctions.”

Palestinians opened fire, and others threw stones and explosive devices at the soldiers, who responded with live fire and other riot dispersal means, the military said.

Tensions have been high in the West Bank over the past year, with the IDF launching a major anti-terror offensive mostly focused on the northern West Bank to deal with a series of Palestinian attacks that have left 31 people in Israel and the West Bank dead since the start of the year.

The operation has netted more than 2,500 arrests in near-nightly raids, but has also left more than 150 Palestinians dead, many of them — but not all — while carrying out attacks or during clashes with security forces.

Last month, the UN Mideast envoy said 2022 is on course to be the deadliest year for Palestinians in the West Bank since the UN started tracking fatalities in 2005.

At the same time, there has been a steep rise in settler attacks against Palestinians and security forces.

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