Palestinian killed in West Bank as Israel opens fire on 'armed suspects'


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The Israeli military opened fire on “armed suspects” during a routine patrol in the West Bank on Sunday, killing at least one Palestinian, reports say.

The Palestinian health ministry identified the slain fighter as Saed al-Koni, a member of “The Lion’s Den,” a militant coalition. The incident occurred when Israeli troops fired on “armed suspects driving in a vehicle and a motorcycle” in the West Bank city of Nablus, according to a statement from the Israeli Defense Force.

Al-Koni’s slaying was the second to take place near Nablus in as many days, with IDF troops shooting a second fighter who carried out an “attempted ramming attack” on a roadblock.

The Palestinian foreign ministry condemned Saturday’s killing, saying Israeli forces had killed a “defenseless Palestinian.” The slain man was identified as Muhammad Ali Hussein Awad, according to Agence France-Presse.

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Israeli soldiers take position at a roadblock near the West Bank town of Nablus, Saturday, Sept. 24 2022. Israeli troops on Saturday shot and killed a Palestinian motorist who allegedly tried to ram his car into a group of soldiers patrolling in the occupied West Bank, according to Israeli soldiers and media. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

Israeli soldiers take position at a roadblock near the West Bank town of Nablus, Saturday, Sept. 24 2022. Israeli troops on Saturday shot and killed a Palestinian motorist who allegedly tried to ram his car into a group of soldiers patrolling in the occupied West Bank, according to Israeli soldiers and media. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

Israeli police deployed in the Old City of Jerusalem, Sunday, April 17, 2022. 

Israeli police deployed in the Old City of Jerusalem, Sunday, April 17, 2022. 
(AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

“The Israeli police deliberately shot Awad, with the aim of killing him, after his vehicle collided with a police vehicle in a traffic accident,” the ministry said, according to AFP.

The incidents come more than a month after violence between Israeli forces and militants in Gaza reached a boiling point last month, ultimately ending with a cease-fire in early August.

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The conflict saw militants fire hundreds of rockets into Israel, and the IDF responding with multiple airstrikes across the region.

The charred remains of a motorcycle are pictured in Nablus in the occupied West Bank on September 25, 2022, following clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinians militants. - Israeli troops killed a Palestinian militant in the occupied West Bank on Sunday, (AFP via Getty Images)

The charred remains of a motorcycle are pictured in Nablus in the occupied West Bank on September 25, 2022, following clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinians militants. – Israeli troops killed a Palestinian militant in the occupied West Bank on Sunday, (AFP via Getty Images)
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The Israeli military conducts frequent patrols in the West Bank and Gaza, often seeking individuals associated with terror organizations operating there.

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Israeli forces remain on high alert as the country is poised to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, or the Jewish New Year, according to AFP. The holiday begins Sunday evening.

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