מהומות בחווארה
Palestinian riot over the weekend in Huwara near Nablus
Photo: EPA
Palestinian riot over the weekend in Huwara near Nablus

Fatah to West Bank Palestinians: Confront Israeli security forces

Palestinian faction, formerly known as PLO, also calls on the public to declare a general strike on Tuesday in an effort to exhaust Israel on three fronts in apparent protest of the continued fighting in Gaza

Elior Levy, Yoav Zitun |
Published: 05.17.21, 11:47
Fatah, formerly the Palestinian National Liberation Movement, called on Palestinians in the West Bank to declare a general strike on Tuesday and "confront" the Israeli security forces in protest of continued fighting in the Gaza Strip.
  • Follow Ynetnews on Facebook and Twitter

  • The current round of fighting entered its second week on Monday and there appeared to be no sign of any imminent end to the most serious hostilities in years between Israel and Palestinian militants despite mounting international calls for a ceasefire.
    3 צפייה בגלריה
    מהומות בחווארה
    מהומות בחווארה
    Palestinian riot over the weekend in Huwara near Nablus
    (Photo: EPA)
    The idea behind the call appears to be to create greater strife for Israel on three fronts: Gaza, the West Bank and within Israel through continued protests of Israeli Arabs. It is unclear, however, if the public will respond to the call.
    On Sunday, nine Palestinians were killed in clashes with the IDF throughout the West Bank. Palestinians also claimed a man was shot in the head during a brawl with Jewish settlers in a village south of Hebron, and died of his wounds at the hospital.
    Hamas since the start of this round of fighting has also been calling on Palestinians in the West Bank to take to the streets and clash with Israeli security forces.
    3 צפייה בגלריה
    מהומות בחווארה
    מהומות בחווארה
    Palestinian riot over the weekend in Huwara near Nablus
    (Photo: AFP)
    Hamas Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades' spokesperson Abu Obeida recently told West Bank residents: "Anyone with a weapon, a stone or a knife should strike the Zionist enemy. We are on the road to victory."
    In the meantime, the IDF on Monday morning foiled a car-ramming attack near Nablus in the West Bank. No troops were hurt in the incident and the suspect was apprehended.
    "Soldiers identified a suspicious vehicle in [in the town of] Huwara. The suspect's vehicle accelerated towards them, smashed into the military patrol car at the location and was subsequently stopped. The soldiers fired into the air and arrested the suspect in the attack, which was taken for further questioning by security forces," the IDF Spokesperson's Unit said in a statement.
    3 צפייה בגלריה
    תקיפות צה"ל בעזה
    תקיפות צה"ל בעזה
    IDF strikes in Gaza overnight
    (Photo: EPA)
    The Israeli military said that Hamas, a group regarded by Israel, the United States and the European Union as a terrorist movement, and other armed factions have fired more than 3,150 rockets from Gaza over the past week.
    The Gaza Health Ministry put the death toll since the hostilities flared at 197, including 58 children and 34 women. Ten people have been killed in Israel, including two children, Israeli authorities say.
    Reuters contributed to this report
    Talkbacks for this article 0