Palestinian arrested near Nablus military court

Palestinian arrested near Nablus military court
Israeli soldiers detain a Palestinian during clashes at a protest against Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, near the West Bank city of Nablus on Dec. 15, 2017. (Reuters)
Updated 17 December 2017

Palestinian arrested near Nablus military court

Palestinian arrested near Nablus military court

JERUSALEM: Israeli police on Sunday arrested a Palestinian carrying an explosive device as he approached a military court in the occupied West Bank, security officials said.
Specialists examined the device, which did not explode, the Israeli police said, without providing further details.
Local media said the military court was located in the Nablus area in the north of the occupied Palestinian territory.
Israeli public radio said the Palestinian hailed from the Jenin refuge camp further north in the West Bank.
A second explosive device was discovered inside his coat, the radio added, but there was no confirmation of this from the Israeli police.
Tensions have been high in the Palestinian territories since US President Donald Trump on Dec. 6 recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
On Saturday, thousands of Palestinians took part in funerals for four men killed Friday in clashes with Israeli forces during protests against the decision in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction has called for massive protests on Wednesday against a visit to Jerusalem by US Vice President Mike Pence.
“We call for angry protests at the entrances to Jerusalem and in its Old City to coincide with the visit on Wednesday of US Vice President Mike Pence and to protest against Trump’s decision,” Fatah said in a statement.
The call to protest came as thousands of Palestinians took part in funerals for four men killed on Friday in clashes with Israeli forces during protests in the West Bank and in the Gaza Strip.
Mourners chanted anti-Trump slogans and masked men fired into the air during one of the ceremonies in the village of Beit Ula in the West Bank.
Funerals were also held for the two other Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in Gaza, where the enclave’s Islamist Hamas rulers had on Friday called for a “day of rage.”
The status of Jerusalem is one of the most controversial issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Israel seized control of the eastern part of the city in the 1967 Middle East war and sees the whole of Jerusalem as its undivided capital. The Palestinians view the east as the capital of their future state.