Israeli soldiers fire tear gas at Palestinian protesters during clashes after a demonstration against the expansion of the new Jewish outpost of Eviatar on the lands of Beita village
Israeli soldiers fire tear gas at Palestinian protesters during clashes after a demonstration against the expansion of the new Jewish outpost of Eviatar on the lands of Beita village
Photo: EPA
Palestinian protesters throw stones at Israeli troops during clashes after a demonstration against the expansion of Eviatar near the Beita village

Palestinian with iron bar killed by Israeli forces in West Bank

IDF says suspect 'advanced rapidly' toward troops, carrying a heavy object and did not respond to warning shots, while mayor of Beita, near Eviatar outpost where incident took place, claims Palestinian was shot 'in cold blood'

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Published: 07.28.21, 08:32
A Palestinian said to be carrying an iron bar man was killed late Tuesday in Israeli gunfire in the West Bank, Palestinian officials said.
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  • Shadi Omar Lotfi Salim, 41, was shot dead near the flashpoint Palestinian village of Beita, the Palestinian health ministry said.
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    Palestinian protesters throw stones at Israeli troops during clashes after a demonstration against the expansion of the new Jewish outpost of Eviatar on the lands of Beita village
    Palestinian protesters throw stones at Israeli troops during clashes after a demonstration against the expansion of the new Jewish outpost of Eviatar on the lands of Beita village
    Palestinian protesters throw stones at Israeli troops during clashes after a demonstration against the expansion of Eviatar near the Beita village
    (Photo: EPA)
    Beita deputy mayor Mussa Hamayel said that Israeli soldiers killed the man as entered the village on his return from work. "He was killed in cold blood," the deputy mayor alleged, adding that there had been no protests in the area Tuesday night.
    The Israeli army issued a statement saying that while on routine duty soldiers "spotted a Palestinian suspect in the area," south of Nablus.
    "When the Palestinian began advancing rapidly towards the troop with a suspicious object identified as an iron bar in his hand, the troop operated to stop the suspect following the standard procedures, including by firing warning shots into the air," the IDF said in a statement.
    "When the suspect continued advancing, the commander of the troops fired towards the suspect. The incident will be investigated," it said.
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    Israeli soldiers fire tear gas at Palestinian protesters during clashes after a demonstration against the expansion of the new Jewish outpost of Eviatar on the lands of Beita village
    Israeli soldiers fire tear gas at Palestinian protesters during clashes after a demonstration against the expansion of the new Jewish outpost of Eviatar on the lands of Beita village
    Israeli soldiers fire tear gas at Palestinian protesters during clashes after a demonstration against the expansion of the new Jewish outpost of Eviatar on the lands of Beita village
    (Photo: EPA)
    Beita has been the scene of frequent unrest since May, when dozens of Israeli families arrived and began building the wildcat settlement of Eviatar on a hilltop near Nablus in defiance of Israeli and international law. After weeks of clashes and tensions, the government of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett struck a deal with the settlers that saw them leave the Eviatar outpost.
    The settlers left behind the rudimentary homes they built until the Israeli defense ministry determines whether the land can be considered state territory. The Israeli military is maintaining a presence in Eviatar until the decision is made.
    The agreement was rejected by the mayor of Beita, who said last Thursday that "clashes and protests will continue" as long as any Israeli "remains on our land".
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