Palestinian killed in West Bank by Israeli gunfire

Palestinian killed in West Bank by Israeli gunfire

West Bank unrest
Israeli border guards take aim with teargas during clashes with Palestinian demonstrators from Birzeit University in Ramallah, near the Jewish settlement of Beit El, in the occupied West Bank. (ABBAS MOMANI/AFP)

JERUSALEM: A Palestinian was shot and killed in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday (Mar 20) by what a Palestinian ambulance service said was Israeli army gunfire.

The Israeli military said it was checking the report.

The Palestinian Red Crescent said one of its crews treated a man with two bullet wounds at an Israeli military roadblock near the city of Bethlehem and that Israeli forces had shot him. It gave no details about the circumstances of the night-time shooting.

The Palestinian Health Ministry identified the man as a 26-year-old from Bethlehem and said another Palestinian had also been shot and critically wounded.

Tensions have been high in the West Bank since a Palestinian killed an Israeli soldier and a rabbi in a stabbing and shooting attack in the territory on Sunday.

Israeli forces on Tuesday killed the alleged assailant near the West Bank city of Ramallah after he opened fire at troops who had come to arrest him, Israel's Shin Bet security service said.

In a separate incident on Tuesday, two other Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces during clashes near the West Bank city of Nablus.

Israel captured the West Bank in the 1967 Middle East war. Palestinians seek to establish a state there and in the Gaza Strip, with East Jerusalem as its capital. Israeli-Palestinian peace talks collapsed in 2014.

Source: Reuters/de