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Portuguese government repudiates attacks in Jerusalem and expresses solidarity with Israel

The Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday repudiated the recent attacks in Jerusalem, which left one dead and 18 injured and which the Israeli authorities described as a “terrorist attack” committed by Palestinians.

Two explosions near bus stops rocked Jerusalem on Wednesday morning, killing an Israeli-Canadian teenager and injuring at least 18 people.

Israeli police blamed the attacks, which took place at a time of heavy traffic, on Palestinians.

The attacks came hours after Palestinian soldiers stormed a hospital in the occupied West Bank and took away an Israeli citizen who was seeking treatment after a car accident, according to the young man’s father.

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid has already threatened strong reprisals against the kidnappers of a dead Israeli youth, according to his family.

At the same time, in the northern West Bank, a 16-year-old Palestinian, Ahmed Amjad Shehadeh, was killed overnight by the Israeli army with a bullet to the heart, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry. who referred to four more wounded, one seriously.

The Israeli army, contacted by AFP, indicated that it carried out an operation in Nablus “to guarantee access for Israeli civilians to the tomb of Joseph”, a place venerated by Jews and where Joseph, one of the sons of Patriarch Jacob, and considered by Palestinians as the tomb of a local Muslim religious figure.

During the operation there were exchanges of fire, while Palestinian factions indicated they were involved in the clashes.

A second Palestinian died on Wednesday night after succumbing to his injuries following the military operation, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.

The latest developments came as former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was negotiating a coalition following parliamentary elections, and his return to power was expected with the most right-wing government in history🇧🇷

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Itamar Ben-Gvir, an extremist parliamentarian who called for the death penalty for the Palestinian attackers, appointed to the post of police portfolio minister, said the attacks meant Israel needed to take a tougher stance on Palestinian violence.

Without claiming responsibility for the attacks on Jerusalem, the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, in power in the Gaza Strip, considered the attacks “the price of Israel’s crimes and aggressions” against “the Palestinian people”🇧🇷

Tensions between Israelis and Palestinians have increased in recent months. Following the deadly attacks in Israel beginning in March, the israeli army carried out more than two thousand attacks in the west bank🇧🇷

These attacks, and the clashes sometimes associated with them, claimed the lives of 125 Palestinians, the highest death toll in seven years, according to the UN.

Source: Observadora

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