Palestine: Israeli army kills Palestinian man, wounds 62 in West Bank

By Esat Fırat and Mohammad Ghefari

JERUSALEM (AA) :A Palestinian man was shot dead late Tuesday by Israeli forces in the village of Beita in occupied West Bank. In the northern Jordan Valley area 13 Palestinians were wounded by Israeli forces as they protested against settlement activity.

In a statement, the Palestinian Health Ministry said 41-year-old Shadi Omar Lotfi Salim was shot with live bullets by Israeli soldiers near the village of Beita,  south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

The attacks led to protests in the area before the soldiers shot and injured 49 Palestinians on Sbeih Mountain near Beita.

Beita deputy mayor Mussa Hamayel told Anadolu Agency that Salim, a plumber, was on his way home from work.

The Palestinian official news agency WAFA also confirmed the incident.

Israeli authorities have not commented on why the soldiers opened fire on the Palestinian.

In the meantime, at least 13 Palestinians were wounded by Israeli forces Tuesday as they protested against settlement activity in the northern Jordan Valley area of the West Bank.

In a statement, the governorate of Tubas said Israeli soldiers assaulted a number of Palestinians, including Tubas Governor Younis al-Assi, while they were participating in a rally against attempts by Israeli settlers to take over a water spring in the Ain al-Hilweh area.

The director of the Bil’in Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements, Abdullah Abu Rahmeh, said Israeli forces dispersed the rally by assaulting the participants and using pepper spray.

Abu Rahmeh also said 13 Palestinians were wounded, including the Tubas governor, and one participant was detained.

He added that for months, Israeli settlers have never stopped in their attempts to seize control of the spring and to forbid Palestinian shepherds from using the water and built a fence around it to prevent shepherds from reaching it.

Almost on a daily basis, Palestinians rally across the occupied West Bank in protest against Israeli settlement activity. However, the Israeli army uses force to disperse them.

International law views both the West Bank and East Jerusalem as “occupied territories” and considers all Jewish settlement-building activity there illegal.

*Ahmed Asmar contributed to this report from Ankara

[Photo: Funeral ceremony for Palestinian youth Youssef Nawaf Muharib who succumbed to his injuries sustained from Israeli army gunfire in Ramallah, West Bank on July 26, 2021. Photographer: Issam Rimawi/AA]

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