Israeli forces shoot, kill Palestinian over alleged stabbing attack

Israeli forces have shot and killed a young Palestinian over an alleged stabbing attack in the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem.

The Palestinian Health Ministry confirmed the deadly shooting on Tuesday and said Ahed Abd al-Rahman Ikhlil, a 25-year-old man from the nearby town of Beit Ummar, had been shot and killed by Israeli fire in Bethlehem.

Images from the scene showed the 25-year-old lying immobilized on the ground and an Israeli soldier inspecting him.

The Israeli military claimed that the young Palestinian had attempted to carry out a stabbing attack against the occupying forces near the Gush Etzion settlement junction, north of the West Bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron).

Israeli media said the forces closed the permanent military checkpoint at the entrance of Beit Ummar in the aftermath of the shooting, preventing residents from leaving or entering the town.

Moreover, Yusef Abu Maria, a rights activist in the town of Beit Ummar, told the Arabic-language Palestinian Safa news agency that the occupation forces had “stormed the house of the martyr’s family and summoned them for investigation at the Etzion center.”

Many Palestinians have sustained injuries or lost their lives in similar incidents due to allegations that they attempted stabbing or car-ramming attacks.

The Tel Aviv regime has been criticized for its extensive use of lethal force and extrajudicial killings against Palestinians who do not pose an immediate threat to the occupation forces or to the Israeli settlers.

More than 600,000 Israelis live in over 230 settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East Jerusalem al-Quds.

All Israeli settlements are illegal under international law. The UN Security Council has condemned Israel’s settlement activities in the occupied territories in several resolutions.

Palestinians want the West Bank as part of a future independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem al-Quds as its capital.

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