29 Jul 2021, 23:33

Palestinian shot dead in West Bank clashes: ministry

    BEIT UMMAR, Territoires palestiniens, July 29, 2021 (BSS/AFP) - A

Palestinian man was killed Thursday by Israeli army gunfire in the
occupied West Bank, after clashes broke out at the funeral of a
Palestinian boy, officials said.

   "Shawkat Khalid Awad, 20, died of gunshot wounds to the head and
stomach in Beit Ummar," the Palestinian health ministry said.

   The area has been the scene of clashes between protesters and
Israeli forces for weeks.

   On Wednesday, 12-year-old Mohamad al-Alami died after being shot by
Israeli soldiers while travelling in a car with his father in Beit
Ummar, northwest of Hebron, Palestinian officials said.

   On Thursday a procession followed the boy's body, draped in the
flag of Fatah, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's party, through
Beit Ummar, where he was buried.

   Later, hundreds of Palestinians threw stones at Israeli soldiers
who responded by firing tear gas, an AFP correspondent said.

   On Saturday a 17-year-old Palestinian died from wounds he received
the day before.

   Mohammed Munir al-Tamimi, who also suffered gunshot wounds, died in
hospital, the Palestinian health ministry said, after the violence in
the flashpoint village of Beita.

   Hundreds of Palestinians had gathered last Friday afternoon in
Beita to protest against the wildcat Jewish settlement of Eviatar,
located nearby.

   Clashes with Israeli soldiers left 320 Palestinians wounded,
according to the Red Crescent.

   All Jewish settlements in the West Bank are regarded as illegal by
most of the international community.

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