Palestinian Protester Shot Dead by Israeli Settler Near Nablus

Published May 18th, 2017 - 10:47 GMT
A man reacts next to the body of a young Palestinian protester shot dead on Thursday (Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP)
A man reacts next to the body of a young Palestinian protester shot dead on Thursday (Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP)

Israeli settlers shot and killed a 23-year-old Palestinian and injured another in the village of Huwwara in the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus on Thursday after settlers opened live ammunition on Palestinians during a march held in solidarity with hunger strikers.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health confirmed that Mutaz Hussien Hilal Bani Shamsa, 23, from the Nablus-area village of Beita succumbed to his wounds shortly after sustaining bullet wounds when Israeli settlers opened live bullets on him during clashes that erupted between Palestinians and settlers.

Palestinian journalist Majdi Eshtayya was also injured with live bullets shot by Israeli settlers and was transferred to Rafidia hospital where medical sources described his injuries as medium.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an she was currently looking into reports on the incident.

Palestinian activists and rights groups have accused Israel of fostering a “culture of impunity” for Israeli settlers and soldiers committing violent acts against Palestinians.

In March, Israeli NGO Yesh Din revealed that Israeli authorities served indictments in only 8.2 percent of cases of Israeli settlers committing anti-Palestinian crimes in the occupied West Bank in the past three years.

Between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law, with announcements of settlement expansion earlier this year sparking condemnation from the international community.

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), there were a total of 107 reported settler attacks against Palestinians and their properties in the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem in 2016.    

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