On the night of Tuesday, September 20, clashes broke out in Nablus between members of the security forces of the Palestinian Authority and activists of the terrorist organization Hamas. During the clashes, 53-year-old Firas Fayez Yaish was killed. Three other people were injured, including Anas Abd al-Fattah, a student at An-Naj University.
After it became known that doctors had pronounced Yaish dead, Hamas and other armed groups announced a “general strike” in the West Bank. The PA police headquarters in Jenin was shelled.
In the morning, the riots in Shechem intensified. The Palestinian police blockaded the city, including the Balata refugee camp. Crowd dispersal agents are used, including tear gas, and gunfire is heard. Protesters burn car tires and throw stones at police officers. Snipers have been spotted on rooftops around Shkhade Square in the center of Shechem.
The clashes were triggered by protests against the arrest by the Palestinian security forces of one of the leaders of Hamas in the West Bank, Musab Ashtayeh, and the commander of Hamas militants in the region, Muhammad Tabila, who were wanted by the Israeli security services. The Islamists demand their immediate release, saying that the PA administration is acting in the interests of the “occupiers”.
Palestinian media write that Ashtayeh opened fire on the police who came to arrest him, but surrendered after he realized that they were Palestinian, not Israeli intelligence officers.