03/21/2019, 10.55
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Two Palestinian victims in the Territories. Pompeo in Israel praises axis with Netanyahu

Israeli security forces opened fire after explosive devices were fired in Nablus. The soldiers were allocated to defend the faithful on pilgrimage to the tomb of Joseph. A 19-year-old Palestinian also died, suspected of the March 17 attack in the Ariel colony. On the eve of the elections, the US Secretary of State confirms support for the outgoing premier.

Jerusalem (AsiaNews / Agencies) - At least two Palestinians were killed in yesterday's clashes with Israeli security forces in the Occupied West Bank. Army sources report the launch of explosive devices from a car, in the direction of some troops, stationed in defense of the Jewish faithful near the tomb of Joseph, in Nablus. In response, the soldiers opened fire, killing two people.

In a second incident, which took place in Ramallah, security forces killed a Palestinian in a gunfight, held responsible for an attack on March 17 that killed two Israelis. The victim is 19-year-old Omar Amin Abu Lila, who was hit by four anti-tank missiles inside his home, from which he was shooting in the direction of the military.

He is the author of the stabbing of 19-year-old Israeli soldier Gal Keidan and 47-year-old Rabbi Ahiad Ettinger near the Jewish colony of Ariel.

Palestinian health sources report that the two victims struck yesterday by Israeli soldiers in Nablus are 21-year-old Raid Hamdan and 20-year-old Zaid Nuri. The violence broke out while hundreds of Jewish faithful, escorted by the military, were about to enter Joseph's tomb - a sacred place for Jews and Muslims - to pray. In the context of the clashes there were also 30 injured among the Palestinians, one of them is in critical condition.

In a context of growing tensions, which erupted on March 30th in conjunction with the beginning of the "March of Return", Israel is approaching the general elections scheduled for April 9th. To support the candidacy of outgoing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Jerusalem yesterday where he immediately spoke of a "strategic alliance" between the two countries.

The head of Washington's diplomacy has renewed the common goal for Israel and the United States to combat Teheran's "acts of aggression" in the region and in the world "and confirmed" the friendship "between President Donald Trump and Netanyahu. "Israel has no better friends than the United States," said Pompeo. "I want to thank you and President Trump - replied Netanyahu, who is due to go to Washington next week - for all you do to support this collaboration. Our alliance has never been as strong as in recent years".

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