Palestinian Killed While Live-streaming on TikTok Clashes With Israeli Army Over West Bank Demolition

About 15,000 people had been watching Sabaaneh's live video of the Israeli army's demolition of the home of a terrorist who killed three people at a Tel Aviv bar

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Border Police forces in Jenin, on Monday.
Border Police forces in Jenin, on Monday.Credit: Social media

A 29-year-old Palestinian was shot dead in the West Bank city of Jenin on Tuesday during a live TikTok video he was filming of clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinians.

Mohammed Musa Sabaaneh, a resident of Jenin, was hit in the chest during the home demolition of terrorist Ra'ad Hazem, who carried out a deadly shooting attack in central Tel Aviv in April.

According to a statement by the Israel Defense Forces, soldiers came under heavy fire during the operation and responded by shooting at the assailants. The Palestinian Ministry of Health reported that 16 more people were injured in the exchange of fire.

Around 15,000 people had been watching the broadcast in which Sabaaneh was shot. Viewers could hear what was happening but were unable to see the video, at which point people were heard calling for an ambulance in the background. One of the viewers wrote in the comments that "the host is injured!"

On Monday, Israel's military chief Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi criticized Palestinian security forces saying that the increase in the number of terrorist incidents in the West Bank is due to their lack of resources, and "lack of governance." He added that around "1,500 wanted persons were arrested and hundreds of attacks were thwarted" by Israel.

The governor of Jenin, Akram Rajoub, criticized the Chief of Staff's comments on Tuesday in an interview with Radio A-Shams, saying that "the one who weakens the mechanisms and harms the Palestinian Authority is the occupation and the army that Kochavi heads." Rajoub clarified that "the Palestinian Authority will not be an executive contractor of Israel and will not fight the forces of resistance to the occupation. What the PA can do is act on the ground, bring order and create an atmosphere that will give the Palestinians a sense of security - and this will affect Israel as well."

He added that the members of the Palestinian security apparatus "barely receive a salary and the level of frustration is only increasing", and that "in practice Israel is doing everything to trample the Palestinian Authority".

A senior officer told journalists on Monday that the Palestinian security forces do not operate in several cities across the West Bank, leading the IDF to step in.

The officer was referring to the 80 Palestinians that have been killed in the West Bank by the Israeli security forces since the beginning of the year, admitting that "this year was very violent." However, the officer claimed that the soldiers were not "quick to pull the trigger."

Ra'ad Hazem killed Three people and wounded 10 in the attack on Dizengoff Street, a popular shopping and entertainment area in the heart of Tel Aviv. Hazem was killed by officers from the Yamam police counter-terrorism unit and Shin Bet security service after a massive manhunt.

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