Palestinian killed during Israeli raid on West Bank town of Aqaba

Nada al-Taher

The National  /  September 1, 2023

Man identified as Abdel Rahim Fayyez Ghannam, 36, was shot in the head, the Palestinian Health Ministry says.

Palestinian was killed by Israeli forces on Friday morning, as they stormed the town of Aqaba in the occupied West Bank.

Abdel Rahim Fayyez Ghannam, 36, was shot in the head, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.

Israeli forces exchanged gunfire with armed groups and raided a house.

Israel’s troops fired live ammunition, rubber bullets, stun grenades and tear gas, wounding four men, Palestinian state news agency WAFA reported.

Militant group Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades said its fighters engaged in a “wide” operation with Israeli forces, in a number of areas in Tubas, and inflicted damage to some of the military’s vehicles.

Israeli forces reported no casualties but said a raid was conducted where “armed persons were injured” during confrontations where they used “shoulder-fired missiles and grenades”.

Tensions have risen this year in the occupied West Bank, resulting in the highest number of deaths recorded between Israelis and Palestinians since 2005, the UN said last month.

So far this year, at least 225 Palestinians, 32 Israelis, a Ukrainian and an Italian have been killed in violence linked to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, according to an AFP tally based on official sources on both sides.

Israel has also conducted raids on refugee camps, towns and cities in the West Bank.

There have been major operations in Jenin and Nablus where dozens of people have been killed, including children, and hundreds wounded.

Nada al-Taher is a senior foreign reporter at The National


Israeli forces kill Palestinian in West Bank raid

MEE Staff

Middle East Eye  /  September 1, 2023

Palestinian Ministry of Health says 36-year-old Abdul Rahim Fayez Ghannam was fatally shot in the head.

Israeli forces killed a Palestinian man on Friday near the occupied West Bank city of Tubas during a two-hour raid in which it used missiles and explosives to attack a home in the city.  

Abdul Rahim Fayez Ghannam, 36, was fatally shot in the head, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said. 

Israeli troops raided Aqaba town, located northwest of Tubas, in the early morning and surrounded a Palestinian home to arrest a man inside suspected of shooting at Israeli settlers last month, according to local media

The house was attacked by shoulder-launched missiles and stun grenades to unsettle the people inside. An AFP photographer reported seeing black smoke billowing from a building. 

During the raid, armed Palestinians in the town clashed with Israeli soldiers. There were no reports of Israeli casualties. 

After the two-hour-long operation, Israeli forces withdrew from the town without arresting the wanted man. Three  were detained. 

Earlier on Thursday, a Palestinian man was shot dead after he allegedly rammed Israelis with his car at a military checkpoint near Ramallah, killing one soldier and wounding six others.

According to a tally by Middle East Eye, at least 217 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces this year, including 38 children. 

A total of 181 people have died in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, making 2023 one of the bloodiest years in the occupied territory. Another 36 people have been killed in the Gaza Strip.

Meanwhile, Palestinians have killed at least 30 Israelis in the same period, including six children.