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Palestinian Death Toll at Five as West Bank 'Street' Turns Against PA Troops

Protesters clash with Israeli, Palestinian forces on 10th day of Operation Brother's Keeper; Abbas warns that prolonging raids could 'incite the territory and plunge it out of control.'

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Mourners carry body of Ahmed Fahmawi, killed in West Bank by IDF troops, June 22, 2014.
Mourners carry body of Ahmed Fahmawi, killed in West Bank by IDF troops, June 22, 2014.Credit: AFP

Israeli soldiers killed two Palestinians on Sunday as the West Bank "street" turned angrily against the Palestinian Authority for helping the army in its search for three kidnapped teenagers and its crackdown on Hamas.

On the 10th day of Operation Brother's Keeper, Border Police shot to death Ahmed Fahmawi, 26, in a refugee camp near Nablus overnight after he reportedly charged at the troops. A senior Israel Defense Forces official said later that Fahmawi was mentally unstable.

During a clash in Ramallah, IDF troops shot to death Mahmoud Ismail Attallah, who was standing on a rooftop. The Palestinian death toll in the 10 days of raids and confrontations stands at five.

Palestinians clashing with soldiers were chanting against the cooperation between the Palestinian and Israeli security forces. Palestinian youths also charged a local police station, and two were reportedly lightly wounded in clashes with Palestinian police officers.

Gazan Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, challenged Abbas' policy of working with Israel, saying, The awakening of the youths throwing stones in the occupied West Bank restores the significance of the intifada to its proper status.

The army-Shin Bet operation, which was launched in the wake of the abduction of three Israeli teenagers on Thursday night, June 12, is intended to find the teens and their captors, as well as to weaken Hamas, according to Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Benny Gantz. Hamas is believed by Israeli authorities to be behind the kidnapping.

Since the disappearance of Eyal Yifrah, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Fraenkel, 16, there has been no indication as to their fate, nor have any demands been made by their kidnappers.

By Saturday night, 335 Palestinians had been arrested, including about 260 Hamas operatives.

Abbas: Territory could 'plunge out of control'

On Sunday Abbas told MK Zehava Gal-On, head of the left-wing Meretz party, that a continuation of the West Bank raids was likely to "incite the territory and plunge it out of control."

Despite Abbas' entreaty to Netanyahu to condemn the army killings of Palestinians as the Palestinian leader had denounced the kidnappings of the three young Israelis, Netanyahu said only, "[W]e have no intention of maliciously harming anyone. "and occasionally there are victims or injuries on the Palestinian side as a result of the self-defense activities of our forces."

A number of tunnels in populated West Bank areas were discovered, as well as "approximately 10 explosives labs manufacturing improvised grenades and bombs," said a Combat Engineer Corps officer.

Also, a Palestinian armed with a grenade was apprehended by security forces near Sde Avraham, an Israeli community near the Gaza Strip.



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