Israel says three Palestinian gunmen were shot dead after opening fire on soldiers in the West Bank | world news

The Israeli army says its soldiers shot dead three Palestinian gunmen who opened fire on their post in the West Bank.

The incident happened near the northern city of Nablus and a fourth gunman was arrested after he surrendered, the army added.

The Palestinian Health Ministry confirmed that three people had been killed. He did not reveal their identity.

In the West Bank, there has been an upsurge in violence in recent months.

Sunday’s dead take the number of Palestinians killed since the beginning of the year to 80, while Israel multiplies the raids on the territory. Palestinian attacks killed 14 in 2023.

The Israelis say raids are essential for dismantling militant networks and preventing future attacks. But the Palestinians see the operations as a way for Israel to tighten its 55-year, indefinite occupation of the lands they seek for their future state.

It comes like Israel is facing one of its worst domestic crises, with tens of thousands of people taking to the streets to demonstrate against the far-right government’s controversial plans to curb the powers of the Supreme Court.

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Saturday’s largest protest took place in Tel Aviv, with hundreds of Israeli women’s rights activists dressed as characters from the TV series The Handmaid’s Tale.

A protest takes place in Tel Aviv against the government’s plans for its controversial judicial reform

The nationwide protests, which have been dominated by the country’s secular middle class, took place over two months and have intensified as controversial reforms approach ratification.

The protests, now in their 10th week, were mostly peaceful, but injuries and arrests were reported among protesters as police cracked down on attempts to block traffic.

“We will never allow democracy to be demolished”

One protester, Einat Gival-Levi, said: “We are protesting because otherwise it is like conformity and we will never accept democracy being abolished in this country.

“It’s really important that we raise awareness around the world.”

Israeli women's rights activists dressed as characters from the TV series The Handmaid's Tale
Israeli women’s rights activists dressed as characters from The Handmaid’s Tale take part in a protest in Tel Aviv

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Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuThe administration has pledged to move forward with new laws that would strip the Supreme Court of its role in reviewing legislation and give coalition politicians control over judicial appointments.

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Critics say the plans pose a threat to judicial independence because they would destroy the system of checks and balances and concentrate power in the hands of Mr Netanyahu and his religious-nationalist allies.

But the Prime Ministerwho returned to power for a sixth term last December, says the aim of the changes is to balance the branches of government and that the protests are aimed at overthrowing it.

Opponents of the bills also say that Netanyahu, who is on trial for alleged corruption, is driven by personal grievances and that he could find a way out of the charges through the overhaul.

He denies any wrongdoing and says the legal changes have nothing to do with his trial.


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