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Palestinians death toll rises as Israeli forces open fire in West Bank

Last updated on March 24th, 2019

At least four Palestinians have fallen victim to Israeli gunfire in the occupied West Bank, within 24 hours. According to the Palestinian Red Crescent, its crew gave medical aid to a man injured with bullet wounds, at an Israeli military checkpoint near Bethlehem, after he was shot twice by the Israeli forces.

The victim, 26, has been identified as Ahmad Manasra of Wadi Fuqin village, by the Palestinian Health Ministry. The ministry has informed that Manasra had bullet wounds in the chest, shoulder and hand.

Another military assault was reported by the eyewitnesses, where the Israeli forces posted at the checkpoint, fired bullets at a Palestinian man’s car, who was traveling with his family. The victim, Alaa Ghayatha of Nahalin village, was shot in the abdomen.

Bethlehem Governor, Kamel Hamid said that the incident was a straight out execution of the Palestinian man, and urged the international community to intervene to put an end to the Israeli occupation.

Hours later, the Israeli military issued a statement saying that a soldier posted near Bethlehem had “witnessed rocks being thrown at Israeli vehicles, and to retaliate, he opened firing”.

The intended target of soldier was not identified, and according to the Israeli media, he initially fired a couple of warning shots in the air.

On the night of March 19, Israeli forces shot dead the assailant, who had allegedly killed an Israeli soldier and a rabbi during a stabbing and shooting attack.

The 19-year-old, Omar Abu Leila died near the West Bank city of Ramallah in a military retaliation combat. He fired at police forces that came to arrest him, Israel’s Shin Bet security service claimed.

In another incident on the same day, two other Palestinians, Raed Hamdan, 21 and Zaid Nouri, 20 were shot dead by Israeli forces, while they were commuting in a car near the West Bank city of Nablus.

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