Palestinian arrested over Israeli boy’s killing which sparked settler rampage


A Palestinian man has been arrested for the murder of a 14-year-old Israeli boy named Benjamin Achimeir. The boy went missing while herding sheep near the Palestinian village of Mughayir. Settlers responded to his disappearance by setting fire to homes in Mughayir and shooting a resident. Achimeir’s body was found the next day, and the Israeli military labeled his death as a “terrorist attack.”

Following Achimeir’s murder, settler violence spread to nearby areas, resulting in the deaths of at least four Palestinians. One of the victims was a 17-year-old boy named Omar Hamed, who was fatally shot in the head during an attack by a group of settlers accompanied by Israeli forces. It remains unclear whether Hamed was shot by Israeli forces or settlers.

Israeli authorities announced the arrest of 21-year-old Ahmed Dawabsha, a resident of the village of Duma, for Achimeir’s murder. Dawabsha allegedly confessed to his involvement in the attack. Notably, Duma is the same village where a settler murdered three members of a Palestinian family in an arson attack in 2015.

Despite the connection to Duma, there is no known link between Dawabsha and the victims of the 2015 arson attack. Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank are a contentious issue, with the international community viewing them as illegal, although Israel disputes this. Settler violence, often involving clashes with Palestinians, is a recurring problem in the region.

In separate incidents, Israeli forces raided the Nur Shams refugee camp in Tulkarm, resulting in the deaths of Palestinian fighters and injuries to Israeli soldiers. Additionally, a Palestinian paramedic named Mohammed Awad Allan was killed while treating people injured by Israeli settlers. The circumstances of his death remain disputed, with conflicting reports suggesting he was shot by settlers or Israeli troops.

Israeli forces also shot dead three individuals who allegedly attacked troops in other parts of the West Bank. Overall, tensions remain high in the region due to ongoing violence and clashes between Israeli settlers, Palestinians, and security forces.


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