Israeli defence minister calls for West Bank settlement expansion

Glen Norman
July 27, 2018

The military wing of Gaza's rulers Hamas on Thursday vowed revenge after Israeli strikes killed three militants in the latest flare-up of violence.

An Israeli civilian has been stabbed to death in a settlement near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. The settlements are considered illegal under worldwide law, though Israel disputes this.

Palestinians say that continued construction of illegal settlements on their land will ruin the chances of future Palestinian state constituting of the occupied West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem as its capital, which was occupied during the 1967 war.

The desperate fight for the life of a terror victim, Yotam Ovadia, who was stabbed repeatedly by a 16-year-old Arab terrorist on Thursday night, ended early Friday.

The attacker was later identified by official Palestinian media as Mohammed Dar Youssef, 17, from the village of Kobar.

The military said it detained four Palestinians for questioning and set up security inspections at entrances to Kauber, the assailant's village, north of Jerusalem.

Nadav said he kicked the attacker in the leg and then got out of his way before another neighbor arrived and shot him dead.

During the raid on Friday morning, clashes broke out between young Palestinians and soldiers firing tear gas, an AFP journalist reported.

The ceasefire, declared on Saturday by Hamas, appeared to be on the verge of crumbling after Palestinian gunmen injured an Israeli soldier on Wednesday, starting a wave of tit-for-tat retaliations. Official Palestinian news agency Wafa said three people were arrested.

Palestinians say the demonstrations are meant to pressure Israel to lift an 11-year blockade on the territory and allow Palestinian refugees to return to lands in present-day Israel.

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