(CNN) — The US State Department announced Monday that the Israeli citizen who was killed outside the city of Jericho in the West Bank had US citizenship.
Earlier Monday, the Israeli emergency service (Magen David Adom) reported that the man was killed in a “terror attack” in the West Bank on a highway between Jericho and the Dead Sea.
“The United States is deeply concerned by the events of this weekend, and the continued violence in Israel and the West Bank,” said State Department spokesman Ned Price, in a press briefing.
Price renewed “Washington’s condemnation of the killing of Israelis over the weekend, and acts of violence by settlers against the Palestinians.”
He said, “We appreciate the statements of (Israeli) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and (Israeli) President Isaac Herzog calling for an end to the violence, and we expect the Israeli government to ensure full accountability and legal trial for those responsible for these attacks, in addition to compensation for damaged homes and lost property.”
He added, “These events confirm the fragility of the situation in the West Bank, and the urgent need for increased cooperation to prevent further violence.”
An Israeli army official said, Monday, that the Israeli army considers Sunday night’s attacks by Israeli settlers against Palestinians in the West Bank as “terrorist acts.”
“Last night there was a retaliatory activity by the residents of the area,” added the official, who asked not to be named due to the sensitivity of the situation.
The attacks followed the shooting of two Israeli brothers in the West Bank town of Huwwara.
“It was a terrible night,” said the Israeli army official, who stated that the reason the army had sent three additional battalions to the area was to separate the Palestinians and Israelis, adding that “more forces will calm the situation.”
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