Palestinian suspected of killing Israeli woman found dead

Israeli police say they have found the body of a Palestinian man suspected of killing an 84-year-old Israeli woman after an overnight manhunt

Via AP news wire
Wednesday 21 September 2022 06:58 BST
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Israeli police said Wednesday they have found the body of a Palestinian man suspected of killing an 84-year-old Israeli woman after an overnight manhunt.

Police said the body of the man was found in Tel Aviv, hours after he is alleged to have struck and killed the woman in Holon, a suburb just south of the city.

Police said earlier they were searching for Musa Sarsour, 28, from the West Bank city of Qalqilya. They were treating the death as an attack with nationalist motives, police said.

The woman was found unconscious on the side of a road and Israeli media reported that security camera footage, which captured the attack, showed the woman being struck from behind with a heavy object.

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid, who was at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, called the killing a “shocking attack by a despicable and cowardly terrorist.”

The attack comes as Israel continues nightly arrest raids in the occupied West Bank that were prompted by a spate of deadly violence against Israelis in the spring that killed 19 people.

Hundreds of Palestinians have been arrested since and some 90 have been killed, making this year the deadliest for Palestinians since 2016. Many of those killed have been militants, according to Israel, while others have been local youths killed while throwing stones or firebombs at Israeli troops.

Some civilians have been caught up in the violence, among them a veteran Al Jazeera journalist and a lawyer who inadvertently drove into a battle zone.

Israel says the raids are aimed at dismantling militant networks that threaten its citizens, and that it makes every effort to avoid harming civilians. Palestinians say the raids are meant to maintain Israel’s 55-year military rule over territories they want for a future state — a dream that appears as remote as ever, with no serious peace negotiations held in over a decade.

The raids have weakened the rule of the Palestinian Authority, which administers parts of the West Bank and maintains security ties with Israel, ties which Palestinians say entrenches Israel's military occupation.

That animosity against the PA boiled over on Tuesday, when Palestinians in the West Bank city of Nablus clashed with Palestinian security forces after the forces carried out an arrest raid against militants.

Israel’s occupation of the West Bank is now in its 55th year, with no signs of ending anytime soon. The Palestinians seek all of the West Bank, home to some 500,000 Israeli settlers, as the heartland of a future independent state.

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