NABLUS, PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES (AFP) – Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian militant during an incursion into the West Bank city of Nablus yesterday, Palestinian sources said.
The exchange of fire came just hours after Benjamin Netanyahu announced he had formed a new government, returning to power as the head of the most right-wing coalition in Israel’s history.
The Palestinian Health Ministry said Ahmed Atef Daraghmeh, 23, a footballer from the nearby town of Tulkarem, sustained bullet wounds to the back and foot.
Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, said Daraghmeh was a member of its military wing who “was killed by occupation bullets during clashes at dawn yesterday”.
The Israeli army said its troops had entered Nablus to “secure the coordinated entrance of Israeli civilians to Joseph’s Tomb”.