First Published: 2017-05-18

Palestinian killed by Jewish settler in occupied West Bank
Clash near military post erupted when Israeli settler in car drove at crowd of Palestinian protesters, with the settler and Israeli soldiers all opening fire.
Middle East Online

Wounded Palestinian journalist reacts next to body of man shot in the head by a Jewish settler

NABLUS - A Palestinian was killed by an Israeli settler on Thursday during a clash near the city of Nablus in the illegally occupied West Bank, the Palestinian health ministry and security sources said.

The clash near a military post erupted when an Israeli settler in a car attempted to cross a crowd of Palestinian protesters, with the settler and Israeli soldiers opening fire, Palestinian security sources said.

The Palestinian killed was identified by the health ministry as Muataz Bani Shemsay, 23, from a village near Nablus. He was shot in the head, it said.

A photographer with Associated Press news agency was also wounded by gunfire but was in stable condition, medics said.

Israel's military did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Hundreds of Palestinians had gathered at an Israeli military checkpoint at Huwara, south of Nablus and the regular site of clashes between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian stone-throwers.

The protest was held in support of hundreds of Palestinians in Israeli jails on hunger strike since April 17.

An Israeli settler attempted to drive through the crowd, the security sources said, and was surrounded by protesters who threw stones at the car.

He then exited the car and opened fire along with soldiers who were deployed at the scene, according to the sources.

A wave of unrest that broke out in October 2015 has claimed the lives of 264 Palestinians, 41 Israelis, two Americans, two Jordanians, an Eritrean, a Sudanese and a Briton, according to an AFP count.

Israeli authorities insist that most of the Palestinians killed were carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks.

However many were shot dead during protests, while some were killed in Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip.

The violence has subsided in recent months.

 

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