Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian in West Bank

Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian in West Bank
Israeli troops killed yet another Palestinian in the West Bank on Thursday night, authorities confirmed.
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A Palestinian has been shot dead by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank on Thursday night, Israel's army confirmed.

"Two suspects who threw incendiary bottles on the tunnel road endangering the lives of drivers were neutralised by soldiers," the Israeli army claimed in a statement.

"One of them was arrested and the other, who was shot, succumbed to his injuries."

The shooting took place on the tunnel road between the cities of Jerusalem and Hebron, near the Palestinian town of Beit Jala, in the south of the occupied West Bank.

The Palestinians' official Wafa news agency reported that clashes broke out late on Thursday between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers during a military operation in Beit Jala.

On September 30, Israeli forces killed three Palestinians in several incidents in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

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Israeli violence against Palestinians has increased in recent weeks in the West Bank, in particular during Palestinian protests against Israeli settlement deemed illegal under international law.

In May, against the backdrop of tensions in East Jerusalem, Israel launched a brutal 11-day offensive in Gaza, the worst to strike the besieged enclave in years. 

In that bloody escalation, Israeli strikes on Gaza killed 260 Palestinians, including dozens of children, according to local authorities.

In Israel, retaliatory rocket fire from the Palestinian territory killed 13 people, including a soldier, according to the police and army.

Though the bombardment ended with an Egypt and Qatari-brokered ceasefire, as well as a pledge for Qatari aid to ease poverty in the Palestinian enclave, violence has continued against Palestinians living under Israeli occupation.