Palestinian footballer killed by Israel in West Bank: Medics

Israeli forces shot dead the 23-year-old Palestinian and wounded five others in Nablus during a raid.

Picture obtained from Twitter shows Ahmed Daraghmeh, a 23-year-old Palestinian soccer player, who was killed by Israeli gunfire in the northern part of the Tel Aviv-occupied West Bank on December 22, 2022. (Photo credit: Press TV)

Palestinian medics say Israeli forces have shot dead a 23-year-old footballer and wounded five others during confrontations in the occupied West Bank.

Ahmed Daraghmeh was mortally wounded early on Thursday when Palestinians exchanged fire with Israeli troops who raided the city of Nablus to escort Jewish Israelis to a site known as Joseph’s Tomb in the Palestinian city.

The sound of gunfire was heard in amateur videos that Palestinians recorded from their windows.

Daraghmeh was from the nearby town of Tubas. Local Palestinian media reported that he played football for the West Bank Premier League club Thaqafi Tulkarem.

The popular Arabic football website Kooora listed him as having been the team’s top scorer this season, with six goals.

It was unclear whether he was taking part in the confrontations.

The Israeli military said they had fired at Palestinians who had thrown explosives and shot at Israeli troops when they arrived in Nablus, before adding that “suspects” were hit.

Some 150 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem this year, according to official figures, making 2022 the deadliest year for Palestinians since 2006.

Another 31 people have also been killed in Palestinian attacks.

Tensions on the ground have been high since last year. Israeli military raids and killings in Palestinian cities and villages are taking place on a near-daily basis, in parallel with a rise in Palestinian armed attacks, as well as an increase in illegal settler attacks against Palestinians.

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