Israeli security forces killed a Palestinian teenager on Tuesday in an operation in the Bethlehem area of the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Ministry of Health reported.
“Adam Isam Chaker Ayyad, 15, was shot in the chest fired by Israeli soldiers,” the ministry said in a statement, quoted by the AFP and Sputnik news agencies.
The israeli armywhich has occupied the Palestinian territory of the West Bank since 1967 after the Six-Day War, reported “anti-terrorist operations” in various areas of that stripincluding the Dheisheh refugee camp near Bethlehem.
“During a border guard operation in Dheisheh, a riot broke out. Explosives, firebombs and stones were thrown at the soldiers, who returned fire,” it said in a statement.
“One person was hit,” added the Army, without giving further details.
On Monday, two Palestinians were killed in an operation in the West Bank to destroy the homes of Palestinians accused of participating in a deadly attack on an Israeli soldier.
The new government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the most right-wing in Israel’s history, includes Bezalel Smotrich’s Religious Zionism party and Itamar Ben Gvir’s Jewish Force party, known for their anti-Palestinian rhetoric and support for annexation by part of Israel. West Bank.
Gvir, the new Minister of National Security, visited on Tuesday the Esplanade of the Mosques, in Jerusalem, controlled by Israel, and from there stressed that his Government “will not give in to threats from (the extremist organization) Hamas”amid warnings of a possible rise in tensions should Muslim militants attempt to enter the site, known to Jews as the Temple Mount.
For Jews, this elevation visible from all over Jerusalem is the place where, according to the Bible, King Solomon built the First Temple to house the Ark of the Covenant and which was destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar. The closest wall to the ancient temple is, today, known as the Wailing Wall, a place of pilgrimage for the Jewish community.
“It is the most important place for the people of Israel. We will maintain freedom of movement for Muslims and Christians, but Jews will also go up, and those who make threats will be dealt with with an iron fist“, assured Gvir, reported Europa Press.