Palestine: Israeli forces shot dead Palestinian near Hebron
Palestine, (Imemc.org): A young Palestinian was killed on Saturday evening by Israeli occupation forces near the town of Beit Ummar, north of Hebron.
Meanwhile, a one-day general strike in Arab cities across Israel will be observed Sunday in protest of the murder of Dr. Mohammad al-Osaibi by Israeli forces at the entrance of Al-Aqsa Mosque according to the High Follow Up Committee for Arab Citizens of Israel.
The Public Authority for Civil Affairs said that it had informed the Ministry of Health of the death of the young man, Mohammad Raed Nayef Baradiya, 23.
Israeli police claimed that a vehicular collision in the West Bank was an alleged ‘ramming attack’ by a Palestinian driver. Three Israelis were injured in the incident, which took place near the Palestinian village.
Soon after the vehicle collision, Israeli military troops fired numerous live rounds at the driver, without stopping to question him.
Local sources reported that the soldiers left the 23-year old driver bleeding on the ground, and prevented Palestinian ambulances from approaching the area, until he died.
Baradiya was from Surif, northwest of Hebron.
The Israeli authorities claimed that three of its soldiers were wounded, two of them seriously, in an alleged “vehicle ramming attack” operation carried out by a Palestinian near the junction of the settlement bloc, “Gush Etzion”, which is located on stolen Palestinian land south of Bethlehem.
With the killing of the young man, the death toll since the beginning of this year has risen to 92, including 17 children and a woman, and a young man from the village of Hura in the Negev in Israel. Fourteen Israelis have also been killed in separate attacks during the same period.
Killing of Al-Osaibi
A one-day general strike in Arab cities across Israel will be observed Sunday in protest of the murder of Dr. Mohammad al-Osaibi by Israeli forces at the entrance of Al-Aqsa Mosque according to the High Follow Up Committee for Arab Citizens of Israel.
Al-Osaibi, from Houra, a Bedouin Arab village in southern Israel, was killed by Israeli police at the entrance to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem early Saturday, reports Anadolu Agency.
Israeli police said he attempted to snatch an officer’s gun after he was stopped for questioning, prompting forces to shoot.
Following the incident, Israeli forces shut the gates to worshipers of the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex.
But al-Osaibi’s family denied the police’s version of events.
“The police are lying,” the family said in a statement. “They fired more than 20 bullets at him when he had nothing in his possession.”
The family said al-Osaibi was shot when he intervened to help a Palestinian girl.
Witnesses said Israeli police officers detained a girl as she was on her way to the flashpoint site, triggering clashes with a group of Palestinians, including al-Osaibi.
“The police shot al-Osaibi from a short distance, without justification,” a witness said in statements cited by the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper.
Tensions have been running high across the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, in recent months amid repeated Israeli raids into Palestinian towns.
Report by Zein Khalil and Safiye Karabacak
[Photo: Mohammad Raed Nayef Baradiya, 23, killed by Israeli occupation forces near town of Beit Ummar on 1 April 2023. Photo by imemc.org]
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