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Palestinian killed by Israeli troops in West Bank — ministry

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Mourners carry the body of Mohammed Khabisa, a Palestinian who was shot dead by Israeli occupation forces, during his funeral in the West Bank village of Beita, on September 24, 2021. (Photo: AFP)
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RAMMALAH  — A Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli occupation forces Friday at a demonstration in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian health ministry said.اضافة اعلان

The victim was shot in the head, the ministry said, in the flashpoint town of Beita, scene of regular demonstrations against illegal Israeli settlement expansion, which often degenerate into clashes.

A family member identified the dead man as Mohammed Ali Khabisa, 27.
He was taken to hospital in the northern West Bank city of Nablus where he died shortly afterwards, the ministry said.

Another eight Palestinians were wounded by rubber-coated bullets, the Palestinians' official Wafa news agency reported.
Israeli occupation forces said they launched an investigation into "reports that a Palestinian was killed".

A statement said a "violent riot" had erupted during which "hundreds of Palestinians burned tires and hurled rocks” at Israeli forces.

Beita residents have been demonstrating since May against the illegal Israeli settlement outpost of Eviatar, set up nearby without Israeli permission.
The outpost was evacuated in early July but Israeli forces remain stationed there while authorities deliberate on its fate.

If the settlement is approved, its founders will be allowed to take up residence more permanently.

Beita's residents have vowed to continue their campaign until occupation forces too leave the outpost.

Several protesters have been killed and hundreds wounded in clashes with Israeli occupation forces since May.

Israel occupied the West Bank in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war and all Jewish settlements in the territory are considered illegal by most of the international community.

Almost half a million people live in illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank, alongside 2.8 million Palestinians.

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