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Israel has killed 58 Palestinians, including children, with live fire in West Bank since January: UN

Palestinians carry the body of a fellow citizen during his funeral procession in Deir Nizam, west of Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank, on July 24, 2021, following his death due to gunshot wounds sustained a day earlier in clashes with Israeli soldiers. (Photo by AFP)

The United Nations says the Israeli regime has killed 58 Palestinians, including 12 children, with live fire in the occupied West Bank and al-Quds since the beginning of the current year.

In a new report, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the occupied Palestinian territory announced the appalling news, stressing that all the victims lost their lives by Israeli live ammunition, compared to 24 Palestinians killed last year, Palestine's official Wafa news agency reported on Saturday.

The UN agency said the last fatality was a 50-year-old Palestinian physician who was shot dead by Israeli police on Friday in the occupied East al-Quds following a purported stabbing attack. In an earlier report by Wafa, the victim was identified as Hazem al-Golani, who succumbed to his fatal wounds at one of the gates to the al-Aqsa Mosque.

The OCHA said from August 24 to September 6, Israeli forces shot and killed two Palestinians in the West Bank, including a teenage boy. Israeli forces wounded 288 Palestinians across the West Bank during the said period, according to the agency.

It further said 273 out of 288 injuries occurred in ongoing protests against settlement activities near Beita village, south of Nablus.

The report also noted that the number of Palestinians wounded as a result of Israeli aggression exceeded 12,500 since January, compared to more than 2,600 last year.

Elsewhere in the report, the OCHA said Israeli authorities, so far this year, had demolished 552 Palestinian-owned structures in the West Bank, displacing 733 people, and 106 structures in East al-Quds, leading to the displacement of 178 people.

It also said more than 230 attacks by Israeli settlers against Palestinians and their property were documented in the West Bank since January.

More than 600,000 Israelis live in over 230 settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the West Bank and East al-Quds.

All Israeli settlements are illegal under international law as they are built on occupied land. The United Nations Security Council has condemned Israel’s settlement activities in the occupied territories in several resolutions.

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