Palestinian killed in rioting as search for a rabbi’s killer continues

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Palestinian killed in rioting as search for a rabbi’s killer continues

One man dies during demonstrations as Israel tries to find the assailant suspected of murdering Itamar Ben Gal

Itamar Ben Gal (right) with his wife and four young children. 

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Itamar Ben Gal (right) with his wife and four young children. Source: @NewsFlashIL on Twitter

At least one Palestinian man was killed and dozens were injured in riots as Israeli troops in the West Bank city of Nablus hunted for the assailant who stabbed a rabbi to death.

The troops on Tuesday night were searching for Asi Abed El-Hakim, 19, an Israeli citizen and resident of Jaffa who is suspected of killing Itamar Ben Gal, a father of four, on Monday. Eyewitnesses at the scene told Haaretz that soldiers surrounded a house belonging to El-Hakim’s father, a Palestinian from Nablus.

El-Hakim, the son of an Israeli mother from Haifa, was not captured during the raids.

Local residents and their supporters rioted during the search, throwing rocks, firebombs and explosives, and firing guns at the soldiers, according to the Israel defence Forces. The army said it responded with riot control measures and fired warning shots in the air.

The soldiers fired live ammunition, rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas, according to Maan.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, an Israeli security guard was stabbed and his Palestinian assailant killed at the entrance to a West Bank settlement. The security guard was stabbed in the hand while fighting off the teenage attacker, who had approached the entrance to Karmei Tzur in the Etzion bloc, according to Ynet. A second security guard shot the assailant to death, the Israel defence Forces said.

The guard, a 34-year-old resident of Karmei Tzur, began working in his post two weeks ago, Ynet reported.

Israeli troops arrived at the assailant’s home shortly after the attack to question family members, sparking a riot by local residents.

The Palestinian Maan news agency identified the stabber as Hamza Zamareh, 19, from the nearby Palestinian village of Halhul.

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