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Palestinians urge intl. probe into Israel’s killing of Palestinian youth in West Bank

Israeli forces deploy amid clashes with Palestinians in the neighborhood of Silwan in East Jerusalem al-Quds, on June 29, 2021. (Photo by AFP)

The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates has called for an international probe into the recent killing of a Palestinian youth by Israeli forces and settlers in the village of Qusra, south of Nablus in the occupied West Bank.

The ministry made the appeal in a statement on Sunday, a day after the 21-year-old victim—identified as Mohammad Fareed Hasan-- was reportedly shot with a live bullet in his chest and succumbed to his injuries a few minutes later, Palestine’s official Wafa news agency reported.  

Two other Palestinians were also shot and injured in the foot while fending off an attack by hardcore Israeli settlers on the village, the agency added.  

"These attacks and crimes reflect a blatant and clear sharing of roles between the Israeli occupation army and settler militias, their terrorist organizations and associations," the ministry said.

"The international community, the United Nations and the UN Security Council, are required to break this impotent mechanism in dealing with the Israeli occupation’s violations against the Palestinian people, by translating international demands, appeals and condemnations into practical deterrent steps."

The ministry further held the Tel Aviv regime fully responsible for the latest crime as well as the ongoing violations against Palestinians and their properties.

According to local sources, Hasan was shot dead by the Israeli forces and settlers while he was at his brother's house in Qusra on Saturday, the Palestinian Information Center reported.

The sources said the Israeli troops stormed the house of the victim’s brother after he was wounded and beat him while he was bleeding.

Israeli forces regularly storm Palestinian towns in the West Bank to make arrests, prompting clashes with locals.

The Tel Aviv regime has been heavily criticized for its extensive use of lethal force against Palestinians who do not pose an immediate threat to the occupation forces or to the settlers.

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