RAMALLAH, West Bank (UKTN) – The Palestinian health ministry said on Saturday that Israeli forces shot and killed a young man in the occupied West Bank.
The ministry said Musab Nofal, 18, was hit by a bullet in the chest and died in hospital in the city of Ramallah. Another Palestinian was also seriously injured.
The Israeli military said Nofal and the second Palestinian threw rocks at Israeli vehicles driving on a road in the West Bank near Silwad, northeast of Ramallah, damaging several cars. Soldiers aimed live fire at the stone throwers, it added.
The violence was the latest in a wave of Israeli-Palestinian fighting in the West Bank and East Jerusalem that has killed more than 130 Palestinians this year, making 2022 the deadliest since the UN began tracking deadly in 2005. victims.
The violence came as a political shift is underway in Israel after the national elections, with former former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu set to return to power in a coalition government made up of far-right allies, including extremist lawmaker Itamar Ben-Gvir, who said in response to the incidents that Israel would soon take a tougher approach to attackers.
Israel captured the West Bank in the 1967 Middle East War and has maintained military occupation over the area ever since, and more than 500,000 people have settled there. The Palestinians want the area, along with the West Bank and East Jerusalem, to become their hoped-for independent state.