Palestinian shot dead by Israeli forces in east of Hebron

Israeli forces kill young Palestinian man on Sunday east of Hebron following alleged stabbing attempt

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A Palestinian protester takes cover during clashes with Israeli troops in the West Bank city of Hebron on October 31 2015

A Young Palestinian man was shot and killed by Israeli authorities on Sunday in the village of Beit Einun, east of Hebron in the occupied West Bank after an alleged stabbing attempt, Palestinian and Israeli sources reported.

Israeli military stated that the incident took place during a Palestinian protest and that no Israelis were harmed.

Israeli forces did not permit the Red Crescent medics to provide medical aid for the young man, a paramedic from the group stated.

"Israeli soldiers forced us at gunpoint to leave the area," the paramedic added. "From the amount of bleeding, the young man must have been shot several times."

A Palestinian eyewitness on the ground told Ma'an news agency that he saw Israeli soldiers firing several shots at a "young man" who was "far" from the main street.

The witness continued to say the young man collapsed to the ground, before Israeli soldiers surrounded him.

Israeli troops covered the body with black plastic before placing the body in a military ambulance which took off to an unknown destination, witnesses said.

Witnesses added that the Israeli soldiers also assaulted journalists who tried to approach the scene of the incident, forcing them to leave the area.

The total number of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces since the start of October, following the death of the unidentified Palestinian, amounts to 70.

And 11 Israelis have been killed in Palestinian attacks, of which are mainly stabbing.

Hebron has become a crucial turning point in the recent Israeli violence towards Palestinians in recent days, with deadly confrontations on a daily basis at Israeli checkpoints that guard ultra-nationalist Jewish settlers in the centre of the city.

Palestinians have been shot dead in these incidents after being accused by the military of attempted stabbings.

Israel has justified its killings as “self defence” over stabbing attempts, however, Amnesty International on Oct. 27 said that it had found some of the Palestinian killings were unjustified and that "extreme and unlawful measures" were being used by Israeli forces.

According to Amnesty’s statement, there were at least four cases where Palestinians were purposely shot dead without posing an imminent threat.

Hebron has been split since the late 1990s, as part of what was meant to be a temporary agreement in a final peace deal, but it has never materialized.

The city is known for Jews as the Cave of the Patriarchs and for Muslims as the Ibrahimi Mosque. Hebron has about 200,000 Palestinian settlers while nearly 500 Israeli settlers are living close the city centre of Hebron.

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