JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli fatally shot a 42-year-old Palestinian man in a West Bank settler outpost on Saturday, the Palestinian…
JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli man fatally shot a 42-year-old Palestinian man in a West Bank settler outpost on Saturday, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said. The Israeli military said he tried to injure an Israeli.
The health ministry identified the man as Tariq Maali, saying only that he was shot northwest of the Palestinian city of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.
The Israeli military said the man arrived at the outpost and tried to injure an Israeli civilian. The military said he was armed with a knife and that an Israeli settler had shot him. The settler was not injured.
Palestinians and rights groups accuse Israel of using excessive force against Palestinians, who have carried out a series of shooting, knife and car-ramming attacks in recent years. Israel says soldiers, and in some cases civilians, face difficult, life-threatening situations.
Saturday’s death was the latest in months of violence between Israelis and Palestinians. Tensions have risen in the West Bank, where the Israeli military has conducted almost nightly arrest raids since last spring following a wave of Palestinian attacks on Israelis that left 19 dead. Another 10 Israelis were killed in a second series of attacks late last year.
Israel says the raids are designed to dismantle militant networks and prevent future attacks. Palestinians see them as further cementing Israel’s indefinite 55-year occupation of lands they seek for their future state.
The death toll on Saturday brought to 18 Palestinians killed by Israeli fire in the West Bank since the beginning of 2023.
Nearly 150 Palestinians were killed by Israel in the West Bank and East Jerusalem in 2022, according to the Israeli rights group B’Tselem, making it the deadliest year since 2004.
Israel says most of the dead were militants. But Palestinian stone-throwers, young people protesting the incursions, and other people not involved in the confrontations were also killed.
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