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Palestinian man shot dead in settler violence in the West Bank | Israel-News



A Palestinian was shot dead and scores of others were wounded in the occupied West Bank in a confrontation with Israeli soldiers and settlers in the village of al-Mugheir northeast of Ramallah.

The 38-year-old man named Hamdi Naasan was stabbed in the back and killed shortly afterwards in a hospital in Ramallah, the Ministry of Health said on Saturday.

He is survived by his wife and four children. Amin Abu Alya, chairman of the Mugheir Town Council, said settlers had opened the fire before the Israeli army moved in.

"Initially, settlers fired, then the army came and fired tear gas," he told the AFP News Agency by phone

An Israeli military officer told Haaretz that the settlers had used fire during the confrontation.

At least 30 more were injured in confrontations, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent. It was said that his doctors were working to evacuate several injured people from the village.

At least six Palestinians were injured by live ammunition .

According to local media, confrontations erupted as Jewish settlers attempted to invade the village with the protection of Israeli soldiers.

A Statement by the Office of the President of the Palestinian Authority condemned the attack of the settlers.

"[attack] affirms that the Israeli government continues its policy of escalation," Wafa News Agency added:

"This will lead to serious consequences, further tension and the creation of a dangerous and uncontrollable atmosphere."

Between 600,000 and 750,000 Israelis live in the occupied Palestinian territories of occupied East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza. They live in hundreds of illegal Jewish settlements built in Palestinian territory.

The presence of settlers in and around Palestinian towns and villages causes friction between the communities almost daily.

Israel has continued to expand settlements in the US, occupying areas that angered the Palestinian leadership, who saw this as a theft of their land and a major obstacle to peace efforts.

Silwad teenager buried

International law regards West Bank and East Jerusalem as occupied territories and considers all Jewish settlements as land is illegal.

A Palestinian teenager shot dead by the Israeli army on Friday was buried in his village of Silwad, near the city of Ramallah.

Ayman Hamed, 1

8, was shot in the chest with live ammunition by Israeli soldiers stationed in a watchtower near the village, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said.

Hamed's mother, Inas, accuses the Israeli army of having her son executed in cold blood, bleeding him to death, and preventing ambulances from reaching him immediately.

Thousands of people visited Hamed's funeral procession on Saturday, starting from the Ramallah government hospital. The body was taken to his high school, where fellow students paid tribute to him before Hamed was buried in the village cemetery.


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