Clashes break out in West Bank, Israel says regrets killing

A Palestinian youth and a judge were killed in the West Bank, Israel says regrets killing

Clashes break out in West Bank, Israel says regrets killing

World Bulletin / News Desk

Palestinian fighters on Tuesday opened fire on an Israeli settlement near the West Bank city of Ramallah in retaliation for killing of a Palestinian youth and a judge by Israeli soldiers a day earlier.

In a statement, the Martyr Abu-Ali Mustafa Brigades, the military wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), claimed responsibility for the attack on Beit El settlement – which left no casualties.

"The Israeli occupation would pay a heavy price for its killing policy," the group said.

On Monday, Saji Darwish, 22, was killed after Israeli forces opened fire on Palestinian stone-throwers near the Beit El settlement.

"The body of the slain Palestinian has been handed over to us," Ahmed al-Betawi, the director of the Ramallah medical compound, told Anadolu Agency.

Earlier in the same day, Israeli security forces killed Palestinian judge Raed Alaaddin at a border crossing between the West Bank and Jordan.

The Israeli authorities said that Alaaddin was shot dead after he had tried to grab an Israeli soldier's weapon at the Israeli side of border checkpoint.

In a seperate development, a Palestinian man died in a car accident on Tuesday while being pursued by Israeli troops in the north of the West Bank, eyewitnesses said.

The man, in his 20s, died when his car flipped over after hitting another vehicle while being chased by an Israeli military vehicle near the West bank city of Tulkarm, the eyewitnesses told Anadolu Agency.

The Israeli army cordoned off the area and diverted all traffic, they added.

Jordanians protest judge killing

Jordanian security forces dispersed a rally outside the Israeli embassy in Amman on Monday in protest at the murder of a judge by Israeli forces at a border crossing.

Security forces chased protesters after trying to break into a security cordon around the embassy.

Five demonstrators, including a girl, were arrested.

Earlier Monday, scores of Jordanians protested near the Israeli embassy in Amman in protest at the killing of Judge Raed Ala'eddin Zeiter by Israeli forces.

According to a security source, Zeiter was shot dead by Israeli soldiers at the King Hussein Bridge (Allenby Bridge) between Jordan and the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

The Israeli media, for its part, reported that Zeiter had attempted to grab the gun of an Israeli soldier manning the crossing, forcing the latter to shoot him.

Protesters called for severing diplomatic relations between Jordan and Israel and expelling the Israeli ambassador from Amman, which signed a peace deal with Israel in 1994.

They also chanted slogans against Arab regimes over what they called "Arab silence" at Israeli violations at holy sites in Al-Quds (occupied East Jerusalem).

Jordan urges Israeli probe into judge's killing

The Jordanian government has called on Israel to launch an immediate investigation into the Monday murder of a Jordanian judge at a border crossing between Jordan and the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh summoned the Israeli chargé d'affaires in Amman to express Jordan's condemnation of the judge's murder, which occurred at the King Hussein Bridge (Allenby Bridge), Jordan's official news agency reported.

"Regret"

Israel expressed its regret on Tuesday over the killing of a Jordanian judge, who was shot by Israeli soldiers at a border crossing, and promised Jordan to carry out a joint investigation into his death.

The Israeli military had earlier denounced Judge Raed Zeiter as a "terrorist", saying he was shot dead on Monday after he had attacked soldiers at the Allenby Bridge crossing while making his way to the occupied West Bank.

Striking a more conciliatory tone, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office issued a later statement saying it was committed to its peace treaty with Jordan and would establish an Israeli-Jordanian team to look into what had happened.

"Israel regrets the death of Judge Raed Zeiter yesterday at the King Hussein (Allenby) bridge and expresses its sympathies to the people and government of Jordan," the statement said.

Zeiter, 38, was of Palestinian origins and was buried in the West Bank city of Nablus on Tuesday.

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