Palestinian killed after 'firing on' Israeli politicians visiting Nablus tomb

Palestinian killed after 'firing on' Israeli politicians visiting Nablus tomb
The Israeli army shot dead a Palestinian man in the occupied West Bank after he reportedly fired at a group of Israeli politicians visiting Joseph's Tomb near Nablus.
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09 November, 2022
The clash came only a couple of days after similar altercations in Balata between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians [Getty/archive]

A young Palestinian man was killed overnight Tuesday in the occupied West Bank after allegedly firing on Israeli soldiers and a group of right-wing Knesset members near Nablus, according to Haaretz.

The man was killed in clashes that erupted when Israeli troops and politicians visiting Joseph's Tomb entered the village of Balata, on the outskirts of Nablus.

Mahdi Hashash was reportedly killed by shrapnel from an explosive device he held in his hand during a standoff with Israeli soldiers near the Balata refugee camp, Israeli media claimed.

The clashes reportedly erupted after Hashash fired at the Knesset members attending a political event.

Hashash is a member of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades in Nablus, according to the group.

More people were injured by rubber bullets and tear gas fired by Israeli soldiers.

Clashes erupted in Balata recently between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians.

It has been a particularly bloody month in the West Bank, with dozens of Palestinians killed, wounded, or detained by Israeli forces.

Israel is set for the most far-right government in its history after elections last week saw Benjamin Netanyahu and his allies win the most Knesset seats.

The cabinet will likely include politicians known for incendiary hate speech against Palestinians.

It was the fifth election in less than four years.