21-year-old Killed in Clashes With Israeli Army in West Bank

The Palestinian Health Ministry says the man was shot during clashes with soldiers near Nablus, with five additional people being wounded by gunfire

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Israeli army activity near the scene of the shooting in Deir al-Hatab.
Israeli army activity near the scene of the shooting in Deir al-Hatab.
Jack Khoury
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A Palestinian man was shot and killed on Wednesday during clashes with the Israeli army near Nablus, according to Palestinian reports.

The Palestinians say at 21-year-old, later identified by the local health ministry as Alaa Nasser Za'el, was shot during the clashes in the West Bank village of Deir al-Hatab, east of Nablus.

Additionally, Palestinians are reporting that five people - including a reporter and cameraman from a local television station - were wounded by gunfire during the incident. They were taken to a hospital in moderate condition.

21-year-old Alaa Nasser Za'el was shot and killed near Nablus.

This is the third security-related incident to occur in the Nablus area over the past 24 hours. On Tuesday afternoon, four Israelis - two women and two children - entered the city before being removed by security forces and returned to Israel by the Palestinian Authority.

According to The Lions' Den organization, which operates in the Nablus area and includes young members from various Palestinian factions, an unidentified male brought the two women and two children to the city.

All five were detained by the organization, though the two women and two children were released to Palestinian security forces shortly after.

The Israeli army confirmed the incident, saying that "a number of Israeli citizens entered Nablus and were escorted out of the city by Palestinian security forces, in coordination with the army. The citizens will be questioned by police."

Two employees of a Palestinian television station were shot and wounded during the clashes.

Less than an hour later, Israeli police reported that an officer was shot in the leg near the Ofra junction, south of Nablus. It's unclear who exactly shot the officer.

According to a statement released by police and the army, the incident in Ofra occurred when security forces attempted to stop a vehicle for inspection. The driver sped off and gunfire was reported. One officer was shot in the leg and evacuated to a hospital for treatment. The suspect was arrested at a nearby checkpoint, and he too suffered a gunshot wound.

Earlier on Tuesday, scores of Israelis blocked the entrance to Nablus and called on the government to order an army crackdown on the West Bank in response to escalating confrontations between the Israeli military and Palestinian militants.

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