Palestinians: 19-year-old killed in West Bank clashes

Palestinians: 19-year-old killed in West Bank clashes

Kerry Wise
March 11, 2018

Israeli settlers attacking the Palestinians, as an Israeli soldier stands nearby.

On Friday, the European Union announced that it rejects the Israeli law in which grants the Interior Minister the power to strip residency rights from Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem, it has been reported.

An IDF spokeswoman said it was reviewing the incident.

The Palestinian Health Ministry identified the victim as 24-year-old Mohammed al-Jabari.

Israeli media said the army viewed the event as a potential security threat, while authorities were concerned over how to respond if violence erupted with women and children among the protesters.

As soldiers arrived, "a riot was instigated, during which troops used riot dispersal means and fired live rounds", a military spokesman told AFP.

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Following a meeting of foreign ministers of the Arab League in Cairo, Palestinian Authority (PA) Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki blamed the intergovernmental organization on Thursday for encouraging the United States "to continue with its unfortunate approach" regarding Jerusalem, reported Wafa, the official PA news site.

Two advisers to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told Israeli i24news TV channel that bin Salman and Sisi had advised Abbas to accept the so-called "deal of the century" to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Tensions between the sides have risen since Trump declared on December 6 that he recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Protests come amid tensions that rose after U.S. President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital. In February, the USA administration announced that it would open its Jerusalem embassy in May 2018, to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Israel's independence.

While Israel has no official diplomatic relations with the Arab world, except Egypt and Jordan, the country's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu previously admitted that Tel Aviv had "fruitful cooperation with Arab countries" that were kept "in general secret".