Israel said girding for possible rise in West Bank tensions, as gun battles increase

Israel is gearing up for tensions to potentially further ratchet up in the West Bank amid a marked rise in clashes between Palestinian gunmen and Israeli troops carrying out raids, the Kan public broadcaster reports.

The report attributes the increase in gunfire directed toward Israeli forces, particularly in the northern West Bank, to the Palestinian Authority’s weakening grip on areas under its control.

According to the report, which does not cite a source, Israel has been deliberating measures to strengthen the PA, including the possible release of security prisoners linked to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party.

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