46-year-old Palestinian farmer died on Thursday morning, after an assault by Israeli soldiers on Wednesday gave him a heart attack, his family and witnesses have confirmed the incident which took place in the occupied West Bank.
Palestinian farmer has been identified as Riyad Ibrahim Dar Youssef from the al Janiya village in western Ramallah. He was assaulted and left with serious injuries while on his way back home from picking olives with his family on Wednesday.
Palestine Medical Center administration had told Dar Youssef's family that his condition is rapidly deteriorating as a result of the brutal assault.
The Israeli Army claims rocks were thrown from where Dar Youssef was located, they also concluded that "claims regarding IDF involvement in the death were false."
Dar Youssef’s death pushes the Palestinian death toll to 33, TRT WORLD correspondent confirmed on Thursday.
TRT World correspondent tear-gassed, clashes erupt in Ramallah
Repeated incidents have resulted in further unrest in Ramallah, which is considered to be a major flashpoint for violence. TRT WORLD correspondent, Mohannad Alami reporting from Ramallah on Thursday said that the Israeli Army is preparing for clashes. During Alami’s reportage he was tear-gassed and forced to go off camera temporarily.
Most Palestinian villages in the West Bank are surrounded by illegal Israeli settlements, resulting in friction between the two sides. Many Palestinian farmers and villagers are frequently denied access to their own land by the Israeli Army.
Israeli settlers uprooted trees and burnt Palestinian farmland in Janiya last year, highlighting the level of abuse Palestinian farmers experience daily. Also the Israeli military prevented al Janiya residents from reaching their olive groves in 2014, because their land had been designated a "closed military zone." with no prior notice.
Israeli government describes US comments on the conflict as ‘foolish’
Israel's Public Security Minister, Gilad Erdan described US State Department spokesman John Kirby's comments over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as “foolish,” after Kirby commented on the situation, saying certain reports show Israeli security forces using what many would consider excessive use of force.
Defence Minister, Moshe Ya'alon accused Washington of "misreading" the situation, saying that killing of Palestinians committing knife attacks was “self-defence.”
Kirby spoke at a daily press briefing on Wednesday and said Israel has the right and the responsibility to protect its citizens. But later he added, "Now, we have seen some - I wouldn't call the checkpoints this - but we've certainly seen some reports of what many would consider excessive use of force."