The West Bank is a landlocked territory now under Israeli or joint Israeli-Palestinian Authority control. It shares boundaries with Israel and Jordan.
The West Bank was occupied by Israel in 1967. It has an estimated population of just under three million Palestinians, and approximately 370,000 Israeli settlers. The international community considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, illegal under international law. Israel disputes this Here you can find an automatic compilation of all DW content referring to the West Bank.
Rami Hamdallah, the head of the Palestinian Authority, was scheduled to speak at a waste plant opening in Gaza when the incident occurred. A Palestinian Authority leader has accused rival Hamas of responsibility.
The Israeli cabinet has approved a proposal to legalize an unauthorized West Bank outpost. The decision was approved unanimously and came in response to a killing there last month — allegedly by Palestinian assailants.
For Christians, Bethlehem is a pilgrimage site, but its inhabitants live in fear of rising political tensions after President Donald Trump announced that the US will recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
Four Palestinians have been shot dead by Israeli forces and at least 150 more wounded in clashes across the West Bank and Gaza. Protests over the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital show no sign of relenting.