Palestinian man shot dead by Israeli forces in occupied West Bank
A Palestinian man died in the early hours of Saturday after being shot by Israeli forces near the town of Qalqilya in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian health ministry has said.
Yahya Ali Adwan, 27, was shot in the chest as he and other Palestinians confronted Israeli soldiers that had stormed the town of Azzun, near Qalqilya, the ministry said.
Adwan's funeral was held Saturday, with attendees chanting against the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and recent raids on Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem, Palestinian state media said.
In a statement released Saturday, the Palestinian foreign ministry said Adwan's murder was a direct result of the international community's failure to act on Israeli human rights violations in the occupied West Bank.
The murder came hours after a guard at an illegal Jewish settlement in the northern West Bank was shot and killed. The Israeli army said it was looking for two Palestinian assailants.
Tensions have been particularly high in the West Bank since Tel Aviv poured additional forces into the area and began reinforcing its wall and fence barrier with the occupied territory after a spate of deadly attacks inside Israel.
They rose further when Israeli settlers and security forces raided the Al-Aqsa Mosque and compound on multiple occasions during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, injuring hundreds of Palestinian worshippers.