Israeli settler kills Palestinian youth in West Bank

An extremist Israeli settler has shot dead a Palestinian youth in the occupied West Bank in a fresh act of violence against Palestinians in the occupied lands.

The Palestinian succumbed to his wounds on Saturday after he was shot by the settler in the illegal Kiryat Arba settlement, situated on the outskirts of the West bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron).

Israeli soldiers prevented the victim from getting medical treatment. Israeli media claimed that the Palestinian citizen attempted to stab the Israeli settler. Witnesses have said, however, that the Palestinian was attacked by the settler first and sought to act in self-defense.

In a similar incident on Saturday, another Palestinian was also shot dead by Israeli troopers in the Jabel Mukaber neighborhood of East al-Quds (Jerusalem).

Severe clashes were also reported between Palestinian youths and Israeli soldiers in the area of Bab el-Zawiye in al-Khalil.

Elsewhere, tens of Palestinian students suffered inhalation difficulties and were forced to leave their school after Israeli forces used tear gas in the neighborhood district of Shuja’iyya in eastern Gaza City, the Palestinian Amad website reported.

Severe clashes were also reported between Palestinian youths and Israeli soldiers in the area of Bab el-Zawiye in al-Khalil.

Earlier on Friday, Israeli forces used live fire and rubber-coated steel bullets during clashes with Palestinians, leaving five people dead and at least 150 others wounded.

According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, Mahmoud Hatim Hmeid, 22, and Yahiya Abd al-Qader Farhat, 24, were killed during anti-Israeli protests in the blockaded Gaza Strip on Friday.

On the same day, Ihab Jihad Hanani, 19, and Eyad Khalil Awawdeh, 26, were also shot dead by Israeli soldiers respectively in the city of Nablus, located in the northern occupied West Bank, and the illegal Kiryat Arba settlement.

Separately, on Friday, Shawiq Jamal Jabr, 37, succumbed to his injuries sustained during a demonstration in the Gaza Strip last week.

The latest wave of deadly tensions between Israeli troopers and Palestinians in the occupied territories was triggered by the Tel Aviv regime’s imposition in August of restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshipers into the al-Aqsa Mosque in East al-Quds.

Palestinians are also angry at increasing violence by illegal Israeli settlers, who frequently storm al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam. They say the Israeli regime seeks to change the status quo of the compound.

Meanwhile, at least 12 were hurt during Friday clashes with Israeli forces at the northern entrance to the West Bank town of Bethlehem.

Muhammad Awad, the head of the ambulance and emergency department in Bethlehem, told Palestine’s Ma’an news agency that four Palestinians youths suffered from severe tear gas inhalation, while three others were wounded by live fire and five by rubber-coated steel bullets.

Israeli regime forces reportedly raided the West Bank town of Tuqu’ while firing stun grenades, tear gas, and rubber coated steel bullets. In al-Khadr, another West Bank town, one Palestinian citizen was also shot in the foot with a live bullet.

Meanwhile, locals told Ma’an that 15 Palestinians were hurt during clashes with Israeli forces in the West Bank city of al-Bireh, among them photojournalist Muhammad al-Arouri. Two other Palestinians were also injured by live fire in the West Bank town of Budrus.

Elsewhere, in the West Bank village of f Bil’in, Israeli forces fired rubber-coated steel bullets, tear gas bombs and stun grenades at Palestinian demonstrators. Similar clashes were also reported between a group of Palestinian youths and Israeli forces in the town of Silwad on Friday.

At least 37 Palestinians have reportedly been killed by Israeli forces since the beginning of this month, 14 of them in the Gaza Strip.

On Friday, Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations (UN), called for the Security Council to intervene and put an end to the Israeli acts of aggression in the occupied lands.


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