Day after attack, Israel announces 400 housing units in West Bank settlement

27 July, 2018, 21:58 | Author: Mable Gonzales
  • Palestinians are carrying a boy injured during a demonstration against the occupation of Palestinian land by Israel eastern Gaza City

Under global law, all Israeli settlement activities in the occupied territories are illegal.

In a statement released on Thursday, Hamas' military wing, Ezzeddin al-Qassam Brigades, said it had ordered its divisions "to raise alertness to the maximum degree".

Israel's defence minister says the best way to stop more attacks on Israeli citizens in the occupied West Bank is to expand its settlements.

The Israeli army said on Friday it had set up security inspections around the village, questioned a number of his family members and suspended their work permits.

The desperate fight for the life of a terror victim, Yotam Ovadia, who was stabbed repeatedly by a 16-year-old Arab terrorist on Thursday night, ended early Friday.

The dead terrorist was identified as Mohammed Tarik Youssef, 17, from the Palestinian village of Kobar near Ramallah.

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Israelis have faced a wave of Palestinian attacks, mostly stabbings, on civilians and soldiers over the past two years but these types of assaults have declined recently. Official Palestinian news agency Wafa said three people were arrested.

Dozens of Israelis have been killed in almost three years of mainly lone-wolf attacks.

One Israeli soldier was killed by gunfire from militants inside the coastal enclave.

The Israeli military launched artillery strikes on seven Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday evening after an IDF officer was moderately wounded when a group of troops patrolling the border came under sniper fire.

Attacks against Israelis in the West Bank are supported by many Palestinians as pushing back against settlement growth.

The Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, which rules Gaza, praised the "courageous operation" in the West Bank, without claiming responsibility for it.

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