Palestinian killed in clashes with Israeli forces in West Bank

A Palestinian protester holds stones during clashes with Israeli forces north of Ramallah in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. (AFP)
Updated 18 January 2018
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Palestinian killed in clashes with Israeli forces in West Bank

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories: A Palestinian was killed during clashes with Israeli forces in the north of the occupied West Bank late Wednesday, the Palestinian health ministry announced.
Israeli forces entered the Palestinian city of Jenin late Wednesday, eyewitnesses said, with violent clashes breaking out in which Israeli police said there were a “number of injuries.”
The health ministry named the dead man as Ahmed Jarrar, 22.
Israel’s Shin Beth security services said shots were fired during a raid by border guards to capture the alleged perpetrators of an attack earlier this month in which a rabbi was shot dead.
“During the clashes, one of the suspects was killed while others were arrested,” Shin Beth said in a statement without giving further details.
Israeli media reported that at least two border guards were wounded in the gunfire exchange, one of them seriously.
An army spokesperson was unable to confirm those details when reached by AFP.
Palestinian eyewitnesses said they saw at least two Palestinians arrested, with clashes ongoing in the early hours of Thursday.
Videos posted online by Palestinians showed multiple Israeli armored vehicles entering the city.
Raziel Shevah, a 35-year-old rabbi, was shot dead near the Jewish settlement he lived in near Nablus on January 9 by unknown assailants.


Daesh Syria attack kills 16, including 4 US soldiers

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Daesh Syria attack kills 16, including 4 US soldiers

  • Attack comes after Trump vowed to pull out US troops after defeating Daesh

BEIRUT: A blast struck near a US-led coalition patrol in Syria’s northern city of Manbij on Wednesday killing 16 people including four Americans.

A U.S. official told Reuters that the number of American casualties had risen.

A Daesh-affiliated website said an attacker with an explosive vest had struck a foreign military patrol in a suicide attack.
The attack come after Donald Trump last month made a surprise announcement that he would withdraw all 2,000 US troops from Syria after concluding Daesh had been defeated there.

The announcement rattled allies in the region and top US officials, including Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis who quit.
Manbij has been held by US-backed fighters allied to the Kurdish YPG militia since they took it from Daesh in 2016. It is located near areas held by Russian-backed Syrian government forces and by anti-Assad fighters backed by Turkey.
One witness told Reuters there was a “heavy” presence of military aircraft over Manbij following the blast, which took place near a vegetable market.