Israeli Occupation Forces Shoot Dead Palestinian in West Bank


Clashes erupted between Palestinian youth and Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank on Friday amid ongoing demonstrations against the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, according to eyewitnesses.

The Palestinian Red Crescent identified the dead man as Imayyer Shehadeh, 22, from the town of Urif, adding that at least one other person was wounded.

The Palestinian government has no jurisdiction over Israelis in the West Bank, and acts carried out by Israeli settlers often occur in the presence of Israeli military forces who rarely act to protect Palestinian residents.

An IDF spokeswoman said it was reviewing the incident.

Muhammed Zain Jabri, age 24 from Hebron, was shot by live fire and taken to a nearby hospital where he later succumbed to his wounds, says the ministry.

The Israeli army said a "riot" had broken out in Hebron and that protesters had attacked soldiers. It says troops arrived and fired live rounds to disperse the confrontation.

Following a meeting of foreign ministers of the Arab League in Cairo, Palestinian Authority (PA) Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki blamed the intergovernmental organization on Thursday for encouraging the United States "to continue with its unfortunate approach" regarding Jerusalem, reported Wafa, the official PA news site.

Since last December, Palestinians have staged frequent demonstrations in the occupied territories to protest U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

At least 31 Palestinians and two Israelis have been killed since Trump's announcement.

The Americans have notified some Arab countries that Trump's decision to move the USA embassy to Jerusalem al-Quds was "part of an American effort to persuade Israel, especially the hardliners, to agree to possible concessions to the Palestinians", according to the report.