Palestinian shot dead by Israeli forces in West Bank raid

Palestinian shot dead by Israeli forces in West Bank raid
Mohammad Habali, 22, was shot dead by occupying Israeli forces in the West Bank city of Tulkarem.
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04 December, 2018
Mohammad Habali was killed by Israeli soldiers in occupied Tulkarem [Twitter]

A Palestinian was killed during a clash with Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank early Tuesday, Palestinian official media and a medical source said.

Mohammad Habali, 22, was shot after Israeli forces carried out an overnight raid in the city of Tulkarem in the northern West Bank.

A medical source in the area said Habali was hit in the head. Locals said Israeli soldiers shot Habali to death from a zero distance.

The Israeli army said it was looking into the incident.

Israel regularly carries out raids inside the West Bank that it says are necessary to detain violent criminals and potential attackers.

The Palestinian Authority, which has limited autonomy in parts of the West Bank, says such raids are a breach of agreements Israel has signed up to.

Israel has occupied the West Bank since 1967. More than 600,000 Israeli Jews live in settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, in a bid to illegally annex the Palestinian territory.

All Israeli settlements across the occupied West Bank are classed as illegal under international law, particularly article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which asserts that "the occupying power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies".

Israeli forces and settlers routinely harass Palestinians in the occupied territories through harming and killing civilians, demolishing homes, poisoning livestock, vandalising property and other forms of violence.

Agencies contributed to this report.