Jerusalem, Dec 10 (EFE).- A Palestinian man was fatally shot by Israeli security forces Friday during a protest in Beita, a village near the West Bank city of Nablus.
“Jamil Abu Ayyash, 31, sustained a serious injury in the head after being hit with live ammunition by Israeli occupation soldiers in the village. He was rushed to a hospital for urgent treatment, but was announced dead of his wounds about an hour later,” according to Wafa, the official news agency of the Palestinian Authority.
In response to a query from Efe, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said that soldiers and police defended themselves from Palestinians who were throwing rocks and burning tires.
The Israelis used rubber bullets, an IDF spokesman said.
Residents of Beita, 9 km (5.6 mi) south of Nablus, have been protesting since May against the construction of an unauthorized Jewish settlement on land claimed by the village.
Though the Israeli government officially regards the Eviatar “outpost” as illegal, the troops it has deployed to defend the site have responded with force to protesters.
Abu Ayyash’s death brought to nine the number of Beita residents killed in demonstrations, while more than 600 other people have been wounded, Wafa said. EFE jma/dr