Regions / Middle East & North Africa
In response to the assassination of rightwing Israeli Minister Rehavam Ze'evi Israeli forces entered El Bireh, Jenin and Al-Azeria east of Jerusalem, taking control of the areas and declaring curfews and assassinated Fatah activist Atef Abayat.
With the assassination of right-wing Israeli Minister Rehavam Ze'evi, the cycle of violence between Israelis and Palestinians is once again on the front burner. In the coming days, neither side of this bitter conflict will be at a loss for rhetoric to exp
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