Palestinian suspected of killing Israeli woman found dead in Tel Aviv

Palestinian suspected of killing Israeli woman found dead in Tel Aviv
A Palestinian man suspected of killing an elderly Israeli woman was found dead in Tel Aviv on Wednesday
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21 September, 2022
The man - identified as Musa Sarsour from the West Bank town of Qalqilya - died of an apparent suicide in Tel Aviv [source: Getty]

Israeli police said on Wednesday they have found the body of a Palestinian man suspected of killing an 84-year-old Israeli woman. 

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 occupied West Bank city of Qalqilya. They were treating the death as an attack with nationalist motives, police said.

The Palestinian man was found hanged, according to Israeli news website Haaretz. His body was found between an abandoned building and an inhabited one on Dizengoff Street in Tel Aviv, Haaretz reported. 

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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".

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The attack comes as Israel continues raids in the occupied West Bank. Scores of Palestinians have been killed and injured in the raids, which have occurred on a nearly daily basis in recent weeks. 

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 fighters.

Israel’s occupation of the West Bank is now in its 55th year, with no signs of ending anytime soon.

On Tuesday evening, a Palestinian was shot by Israeli military gunfire in Beit Ummar, north of Hebron, the Wafa news site reported. 

Mohammed Awad, a local media activist, said Israeli forces intercepted a funeral procession in the southern West Bank town, preventing mourners and pallbearers from reaching the cemetery at the town entrance and triggering confrontations, according to Wafa