Palestinians killed in protest near Gaza-Israeli border

09 June, 2018, 19:11 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • A JNF firefighter tries to put out a blaze in southern Israel near the Gaza border caused by incendiary kites sent from Gaza

Ramallah: A Palestinian who threw a rock at Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday was shot dead by a soldier, the Israeli Army said in a statement.

Pro-Palestinian Israeli activist Jonathan Pollak, who was in Nabi Saleh, told MEE that Tamimi was shot with live fire at least twice including one bullet that hit him in the back of neck and exited while he was 45 metres away from the soldiers.

The Israeli army said one of its soldiers was hit by a rock while conducting the arrest and responded by shooting.

Nabi Saleh is also home to many members of the Tamimi clan, the most famous of which is Ahed Tamimi, 17, who was arrested previous year after she slapped a soldier who stood outside her home barring people from entering.

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Witness accounts said Ms. Najjar was shot two or three times in the upper body by Israeli soldiers positioned across the fence as she was seeking to aid an injured protester, about an hour before dusk on Friday.

Palestinian medics were called to the scene, but the soldiers also attacked them, and preventing from approaching the seriously wounded young man, who succumbed to his injuries.

Pollak is involved with Free the Tamimis, a campaign in support of Nabi Saleh and its residents.

Video live-streamed by a resident of Nabi Saleh showed a pool of blood where Tamimi had been shot, as well as almost a dozen Israeli soldiers crowding around the unresponsive young man apparently attempting to place him on a stretcher as Palestinians beseeched them to take Tamimi to a hospital for treatment.

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The United Nations Human Rights Commission also voted to establish a war crimes probe into the deaths of demonstrators, with only the United States and Australia voting against it. Israel blasted the move as ignoring what it says is Hamas' role in the violence and said it won't co-operate with investigators.

Separately, overnight Israeli security forces, including the Shin Bet, the Border Police and Israeli Police arrested seven Palestinian terror suspects in West Bank raids.

Israeli forces closed all the streets inside of the village and streets connecting to other villages and towns nearby, as Israeli planes circled overhead.

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