Israeli forces shoot dead Palestinian over alleged attack

Palestinian fatally shot after allegedly attacking three Israeli soldiers in Israeli-occupied West Bank

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

An Israeli soldier fires a tear gas canister at Palestinian protesters in Hebron.

A Palestinian was shot dead Sunday after allegedly opening fire on a group of Israelis near a Jewish-only settlement in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. 

Three Israelis were injured in the shooting attack which took place in the Beit El settlement north of Ramallah, according to the Israeli Army.  

Eyewitnesses were quoted by the Palestinian Ma'an news agency as saying that the alleged assailant had shot three soldiers after he was stopped at a checkpoint outside the settlement.

In recent months, protests against the ongoing Israeli occupation have increased in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip.

Since October more than 165 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces, while about 25 Israelis have been killed by Palestinians during the same period.

The incident comes as France is brokering to revive peace talks between Israel and Palestine to end the crisis and reach a two-state solution.

France said it will recognise the Palestinian state, if efforts, which will be brokered by Paris fail.

Most of the Palestinians killed have been teenagers as young as 12 - some of whom were killed by armed Israeli civilians, and others by Israeli security forces who usually allege the Palestinians were attempting attacks.

Palestinians say the recent violence is the result of frustration from nearly half-a-century of occupation and they accuse Israel of using excessive force to suppress the unrest, while Israel says the unrest has been caused by a provocation surrounding the holy site of Al Aqsa Mosque compound.

Palestinian authorities says the younger generation has no hope for their future living under tight Israeli security measures.

TRTWorld and agencies