Palestinian shot dead in West Bank amid protests, bombing

Palestinian shot dead in West Bank amid protests, bombing
One Palestinian was killed and three wounded by Israeli fire in the occupied West Bank and east Jerusalem on Tuesday evening.
2 min read
11 May, 2021
Israeli forces shot at protesters near Tulkarm [Getty]
At least four Palestinians were shot by Israeli forces on Tuesday evening, at least one of them fatally.

A Palestinian civilian was shot dead at a checkpoint near the West Bank city of Nablus, the Palestinian health ministry said.

Another civilian was shot and injured, the ministry said.

The Israeli military says the men had attempted to fire on soldiers at the checkpoint.

Israeli armed forces also injured a man near the West Bank city of Tulkarm, the Palestinian Wafa news agency reported, where demonstrators were gathered in solidarity with Palestinians in Jerusalem and the besieged Gaza Strip.

Soldiers fired live ammo and tear gas at protesters, eyewitnesses said.

Israeli security forces also shot a civilian in the east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Shuafat, according to Wafa.

The shootings come amid an uptick in violence in recent days.

In Jerusalem, Israeli forces have injured hundreds of Palestinian worshippers at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, Islam's third holiest site.

The police violence and the attempted expulsion of several Palestinian families from their homes in east Jerusalem has prompted reprisals from militant groups in the Gaza Strip, who fired rockets at Israeli cities on Monday and Tuesday evening.

At least three Israeli civilians have been killed by rocket fire, and at least 29 Palestinian civilians, including ten children, have been killed by Israeli airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged further airstrikes on the densely populated coastal area on Tuesday evening.

Islamic Jihad and Hamas militants will "pay a dear price", Netanyahu said.

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