Israel and the Palestinian territories face a resurgence of tensions after the Tel Aviv attack

Israeli soldiers patrol on March 30, 2022 in a village south of Jenin in the occupied West Bank, where Palestinian assailant Diaa Hamarshah is believed to have left before killing five people in a shooting attack in Israel.

The situation remains tense on Thursday March 31 in Israel and the Palestinian Territories following a deadly attack near Tel Aviv. Two Palestinians were killed in an Israeli army raid in the West Bank, while a knife attack on an Israeli bus left one seriously injured.

Early Thursday morning, Israeli forces carried out an operation in the Jenin Palestinian camp in the northern West Bank after the attack that left five dead on Tuesdayincluding two Ukrainian workers and an Israeli Arab policeman, in the suburbs of Tel Aviv.

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Two young Palestinians, aged 17 and 23, were killed “by the Israeli occupying forces who were carrying out an incursion into the Jenin area”, denounced the Palestinian Ministry of Health. Other officials also reported serious injuries in these armed clashes.

The Israeli army confirmed that soldiers and members of the Border Police, a paramilitary unit, had “performed an operation” in Jenin, to apprehend “suspicious”. “During this operation, Palestinian gunmen opened fire on the troops, who responded by opening fire”the army said, adding that one soldier was slightly injured and taken to hospital.

Increase in arrests

After the Tel Aviv attack, the Israeli army deployed reinforcements in the West Bank and multiplied the arrests, in particular of relatives of the author of the attack, Dia Hamarshah, a Palestinian from Jaabad, a town near Jenin, who had spent four years in Israeli prisons.

For its part, the Islamic Jihad, the second Palestinian armed Islamist movement after Hamas and very present in the Jenin sector, asked its members to be alert. “In light of the events in the field (…) The Secretary General of Islamic Jihad announces a general mobilization of the Al-Quds Brigades [branche armée] in their localities”announced the armed Islamist movement led by Ziad Nakhalé, based in Damascus.

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Later Thursday morning, on a bus traveling near Elazar, an Israeli settlement in the southern West Bank, a Palestinian stabbed a passenger, seriously injuring him, before being shot dead by another armed passenger, the report said. of the Israeli army.

Ease tensions as Ramadan approaches

In Jerusalem, the far-right legislator Itamar Ben Gvir, known for his incendiary statements about the Palestinians, went this Thursday morning to the esplanade of the Mosques, called the Temple Mount by the Jews, a few days before the start of the celebrations. of Ramadan. “All night Hamas threatened me, saying I was in the line of fire and told me not to come here. I tell the Hamas spokesman: shut up.”declared in the place Mr. Ben Gvir at the head of the party of religious Zionism.

In 2000, Israeli right-wing leader Ariel Sharon’s controversial visit to the esplanade served as the trigger for the second Intifada, a Palestinian uprising.

The esplanade of the Mosques, under the authority of Jordan but whose entry points are controlled by Israel since the capture of East Jerusalem in 1967, was the scene last year during Ramadan, the Muslim fasting month, of clashes between the Israeli army and the Palestinians. . The clashes, which left hundreds injured, led to a deadly eleven-day war between the Islamist Hamas, in power in Gaza, and the Israeli army.

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In recent days, senior Israeli officials, including President Isaac Herzog and Defense Minister Benny Gantz, have traveled to Jordan for talks with King Abdullah II, who for his part has visited Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas. , hoping to defuse the situation on the eve of Ramadan, which begins at the end of the week.

The world with AFP

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