Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian on Wednesday, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry, as Israeli troops continue a multi-day operation in the occupied West Bank in response to a series of lethal attacks.
The death was the latest in a wave of violence between Israelis and Palestinians that coincides with the Muslim holy month, Ramadan.
According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, Muhammad Assaf, 34, was shot in the chest in the West Bank city of Nablus. Details surrounding his death were not immediately available and the Israeli military did not comment on the matter. According to Palestinian health officials, 11 other people were wounded as a result of Israeli military operations in the area.
In a statement, the Israeli army said only that it was conducting anti-terrorist operations in the northern West Bank.
In recent days, Israel has combed Palestinian cities and towns in search of suspects or accomplices in recent Palestinian attacks against Israelis. Last week, a Palestinian gunman killed three people after opening fire in a crowded bar in central Tel Aviv and fleeing, setting off a chase that lasted several hours and ended with his death at the hands of police.
That incident, along with three others in other parts of Israel in recent weeks, have left 14 dead and are the largest wave of violence against Israelis in years.
Tensions rose with the celebration of Ramadan, which this year coincides with important holidays for Jews and Christians. In the coming days, on the occasion of Passover and Christian Easter, tens of thousands of people of all three faiths are expected to flock to Jerusalem’s Old City, the emotional heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and a frequent point of violence.
The Israeli government has sought to defuse tensions and maintained its plan to ease restrictions on Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip during Ramadan. But with two of the perpetrators of the latest incidents coming from Jenin and the surrounding area, Israel has tightened restrictions on entering and leaving the city.
Several Palestinians have been killed in Israeli operations or in response to attacks or attempted attacks.