Palestinians say Israeli troops kill man in West Bank

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JERUSALEM — Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian man within the occupied West Bank on Sunday following a battle at a navy checkpoint, the Palestinian Well being Ministry stated, the newest dying in a monthslong spiral of violence between Israelis and Palestinians.

The circumstances of the capturing have been in dispute. The Israeli military claimed the person tried to seize a soldier’s weapon, whereas witnesses and kin stated he was shot whereas attempting to defend himself throughout an inspection that turned violent.

The Israeli navy stated troopers noticed what they deemed a suspicious automobile that refused to cease for a “routine inspection” close to the West Bank city of Silwad. A conflict broke out when the troopers tried to detain one of many folks within the automobile, and troopers opened hearth when a passenger tried to seize a soldier’s weapon.

Maher Shafiq, a Palestinian witness, stated the violence erupted after motorists started honking their horns on account of prolonged delays in permitting vehicles to go by the checkpoint. He stated troopers fired a stun grenade that hit the person’s automobile, prompting him to yell at them.

He stated troopers started beating the person and dragged him out of the automobile. “He tried to defend himself, so one of the soldiers shot him in cold blood,” Shafiq stated.

A video circulating on social media confirmed what seemed to be an altercation, with a person struggling and jostling with a soldier, and the sounds of two gunshots earlier than he falls to the bottom.

The Palestinian Well being Ministry recognized the person killed as Ahmad Kahla, 45.

Rights teams accuse Israel of utilizing extreme power in opposition to Palestinians. The navy says it contends with advanced, life-threatening conditions.

Tensions have been surging for months within the occupied territory, the place the Israeli navy has been staging nightly arrest raids since final spring. The raids have been prompted by a wave of Palestinian assaults in opposition to Israelis that killed 19 folks, whereas one other 10 Israelis have been killed in a second string of assaults later final yr.

Practically 150 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli hearth within the West Bank and east Jerusalem in 2022, in keeping with figures by the Israeli rights group B’Tselem, making it the deadliest yr since 2004. For the reason that begin of this yr, 13 Palestinians have been killed, in keeping with a tally by The Related Press.

Israel says many of the lifeless have been militants. However Palestinian stone-throwers, youths protesting the incursions and others not concerned in confrontations even have been killed.

Israel says the raids are supposed to dismantle militant networks and thwart future assaults. The Palestinians see them as additional entrenchment of Israel’s open-ended, 55-year occupation of lands they search for his or her future unbiased state.

Israel captured the West Bank within the 1967 Mideast battle, together with the Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem, territories the Palestinians need for his or her hoped-for state. Israel has since settled 500,000 folks in about 130 settlements throughout the West Bank, which the Palestinians and far of the worldwide group view as an impediment to peace.

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