Israel forces kill Palestinian in West Bank: Palestinian ministry

AFP , Thursday 20 Jul 2023

Israeli forces shot dead Thursday a Palestinian near a Jewish shrine in the occupied West Bank city of Nablus, Palestinian officials said.

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Mourners chant slogans against Israel while carrying the body of Badr al-Masri, 19, during his funeral in the West Bank city of Nablus, Thursday, July 20, 2023. AP

 

A citizen was killed by the Israeli occupation bullets in Nablus," the Palestinian ministry said in a statement, adding three others were wounded and taken to hospital.

The statement did not elaborate on the identity of the deceased.

The Israeli army said its forces had "operated to secure the coordinated entrance of Israeli civilians to Joseph's Tomb in the city of Nablus".

The army regularly escorts Jewish pilgrims to the holy site, while Palestinians consider the visits a provocation.

The army claimed that "armed Palestinians burned tires, hurled explosive devices and rocks, and fired toward the security forces".

"The forces responded with live fire and riot dispersal means," the Israeli statement said.

There was no immediate word on any casualties on the Israeli side.

The incident came amid rising tensions in the West Bank, which Israel has occupied since the 1967 Six-Day War.

The territory has seen recently a string of violence by Israeli settlers against Palestinians.

Violence linked to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict this year has killed at least 196 Palestinians, 27 Israelis, one Ukrainian and one Italian, according to an AFP tally compiled from official sources from both sides.

They include, on the Palestinian side, combatants and civilians, and on the Israeli side, mostly civilians and three members of the Arab minority.

The West Bank is home to nearly three million Palestinians, as well as around 490,000 Israelis who live in settlements considered illegal under international law.

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