- Title: Palestinian killed by Israeli troops during stone-throwing clashes
- Date: 19th March 2021
- Summary: (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) WITNESS, SAYING: "They (the Israeli army) first shot bullets into the air, then they started to shoot directly toward us, the bullet hit his head; above his eye." PROTESTERS CARRYING BODY YOUNG MAN CHANTING SLOGANS PROTESTERS CHANTING MAN HOLDING PALESTINIAN FLAG, COVERED WITH BLOOD STAINS WOMEN CRYING (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) AUNT OF THE MAN KILLED, SAYING: "It was a peaceful protest, there was no shooting, none was carrying a weapon or bullets. It was a peaceful protest." WOMEN GATHERING AT HOUSE OF MAN KILLED WOMEN CRYING
- Embargoed: 2nd April 2021 15:10
- Keywords: Israel Israeli army Palestinians protest violence
- Location: BEIT DAJAN, WEST BANK
- City: BEIT DAJAN, WEST BANK
- Country: Palestinian Territories
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Middle East
- Reuters ID: LVA002E4R1VEV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES
Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian on Friday (March 19) during stone-throwing clashes in the occupied West Bank, a Reuters witness said.
The man was shot in the head and taken to a hospital near the West Bank city of Nablus where he later died, the Palestinian health ministry said.
Asked for comment, the Israeli military said the incident was under examination.
The man killed, 45 year-old Atef Yousef Hanaysha, was the Imam of the village and was involved in a weekly protest against Israeli settlements in the village of Beit Dajan, near Nablus.
A group of Palestinians threw stones towards two Israeli soldiers posted there, and the soldiers then opened fire, said the Reuters witness, a photographer.
A group of Palestinians carried the man away.
Palestinians want to establish a state in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, territories Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war.
The Palestinians, who have limited self-rule in the West Bank, say Israel's settlements there will deny them a viable state. Most countries view the settlements as illegal under international law.
Israel disputes this, citing security needs as well as biblical and historical ties to the land. Israeli-Palestinian peace talks collapsed in 2014.
(Production: Roleen Tafakji/Raneen Sawafta)
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