Palestinian shot dead by Israeli troops amid West Bank arrest raid
Jerusalem, Dec 13 (EFE).- A Palestinian has been killed after clashes erupted when Israeli troops conducted an overnight arrest raid in the West Bank city of Nablus, according to Palestinian reports Monday.
Jameel Kayyal, 31, succumbed to his wounds shortly after he was transferred to the hospital with a gunshot wound to his head, the Palestinian Red Crescent said.
Two other Palestinians were injured in the clashes after they were run over by a vehicle belonging to the Israeli military, official Palestinian news agency Wafa reported.
Israeli media, meanwhile, said that Kayyal threw explosives at troops while they were carrying out an arrest warrant.
Some 26 Palestinians, including senior Hamas commander Hassan Youssef, were detained by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem Sunday night, according to Palestinian media outlets.
On Friday, a Palestinian was shot and killed by Israeli forces during clashes in the Palestinian town of Beita, near Nablus, where Palestinians have been staging weekly protests against the presence of Israeli troops in the area since May.
Sixty-eight Palestinians were wounded in last week’s protest but Israeli troops have denied using live ammunition to disperse protesters.
Residents of Beita, as well as other Palestinian towns in the area, have been demonstrating for months against the new Israeli settlement Eviatar, which is considered illegal even under Israeli law.
The outpost, which was evacuated in July, is set to serve as a military base until the Israeli government resolves the legal status of the land.
Since the protests began about six months ago, nine Palestinians have been killed in clashes with Israeli forces and more than 600 have been injured, according to Wafa.EFE