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Israeli police shoot, kill Palestinian in Jerusalem al-Quds

Israeli police forces have shot and killed a Palestinian protester in the occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds, the Palestinian Health Ministry says.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said the man succumbed to his wounds after being shot by Israeli soldiers on Thursday. 

"Today we were in a peaceful demonstration because they come here every day and fine us, fine our house, our farms, our cars," said Mahmoud Mahmoud, a resident at Isawiya village, where Israeli forces attacked the Palestinian protesters.

Israel occupied the West Bank and East Jerusalem al-Quds during the Six Day War in 1967. It later annexed East Jerusalem al-Quds in a move not recognized by the international community.

Tensions have been running high in the Israeli-occupied territories and the besieged Gaza Strip since December 2017, when US President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s “capital” and later moved the US embassy from Tel Aviv to the occupied Palestinian city.

The decision has emboldened the Israeli regime which regularly opens fire on Palestinians.

Human rights groups have repeatedly slammed Tel Aviv for its shoot-to-kill policy, saying many of the Palestinians killed in such attacks did not pose any serious threat to Israelis.

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