West Bank security guard killed shot by Palestinian assailants

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Palestinian assailants shot and killed a security guard Friday night at the entrance to a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank, according to Israeli doctors.

The Israeli military said early Saturday that the assailants arrived at the entrance of the Ariel settlement and shot the guard deadly at his post. The military then pursued the attackers on the West Bank.

Friday’s attack is just the latest in several Palestinian killings in Israel and the West Bank over the past two months that have claimed the lives of 14 Israelis.

Islamic Jihad activists march waving their national flags during a demonstration to mark Al-Quds or Jerusalem Day on the main road in Gaza City, Friday, April 29, 2022. (AP Photo / Adel Hana)

Islamic Jihad activists march waving their national flags during a demonstration to mark Al-Quds or Jerusalem Day on the main road in Gaza City, Friday, April 29, 2022. (AP Photo / Adel Hana)
(AP Photo / Adel Hana)

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Palestinians gather for Friday prayers during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, hours after Israeli police clashed with protesters at the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem's Old City on Friday, April 22, 2022.

Palestinians gather for Friday prayers during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, hours after Israeli police clashed with protesters at the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City on Friday, April 22, 2022.
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The terrorist group Hamas praised the fatal shooting, but did not take responsibility.

“The operation proves that revolution is raging across the West Bank,” said spokesman Hazem Qassem. “This is a practical implementation of our people’s declaration that Jerusalem is a red line.”

In a separate incident, Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian man early Saturday during clashes in the village of Azoun near the city of Qalqilya, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said.

Tensions arose between the Israelis and the Palestinians this month at a place of worship in Jerusalem, where Palestinian worshipers came into daily conflict with Israeli police.

Earlier Friday, at the holy site, Palestinians threw stones and Israeli police fired rubber-coated bullets.

According to police, Palestinians inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque began throwing stones and fireworks at a heavily guarded gate leading to the Western Wall, a sacred place where Jews can pray. Police then proceeded into the area, firing the rubber-coated bullets.

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The clash ended about an hour later when other Palestinians in the area convinced both sides to stop their attacks. More than 40 people were injured, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent Service. Israeli police said three people were arrested.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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