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Israeli forces kill Palestinian in Beit Ummar

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
The file photo shows Israeli soldiers in the West Bank.

A Palestinian man has been shot and killed after Israeli forces attacked a residential area in the West Bank town of Beit Ummar.

According to Palestinian media sources, Falah Hamdi Abu Mariya was shot after Israeli forces opened fire during a raid on his home in Beit Ummar, located eleven kilometers (6.8 miles) northwest of al-Khalil (Hebron).

Reports say he was shot three times in the chest.

Abu Mariya’s children were also reportedly arrested in the raid.

This comes a day after Israeli forces killed 21-year-old Palestinian Muhammad Ahmad Alawneh during clashes in the northern West Bank town of Burqin, located west of Jenin.

The young Palestinian was shot with live bullets and died after sustaining wounds to the chest.

The killings are the latest in a series of similar incidents in recent months as Israeli soldiers have been intensifying their attacks against Palestinians.

File photo shows Israeli soldiers bulldozing Palestinian farm land and destroying their irrigation wells.

Meanwhile, Israeli forces in the city of al-Khalil (Hebron) uprooted 450 olive trees and leveled land which belonged to a local Palestinian farmer. They also destroyed a Roman-era water well in the area.

Israeli forces and settlers often carry out attacks on Palestinian farms in a move aimed at driving Palestinian farmers from their land and causing damage to their crops.

Official reports show that since the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories in 1967, approximately 800,000 olive trees have been uprooted in the occupied West Bank.

Hundreds of thousands of Israelis currently live in over 120 settlements. This is while much of the international community considers the settlements as illegal and subject to the Geneva Conventions, which forbid construction on occupied territories.


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