11 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in West Bank

At least 11 Palestinians have been killed in the occupied West Bank, amid fierce clashes with Israeli forces and settlers.

In the occupied West Bank city of Ariha (Jericho), Israeli forces opened fire on Palestinians taking part in a protest to condemn Israeli military aggression against Gaza on Friday, killing a young man at the southern entrance to the city.

Israel launched air raids on the besieged Gaza Strip late on Monday. According to Gaza’s Health Ministry, the death toll from the airstrikes has risen to 122 people, including 31 children.

Two Palestinians were also shot dead in clashes with Israeli forces that erupted in the villages of Eskaka and Marda. They were identified as Awad Harb and Sherif Suleiman.

The clashes erupted as Palestinians took to the streets in support of their fellow countrymen in Gaza and Jerusalem al-Quds and to protest against the imminent eviction of families from Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in Jerusalem al-Quds.

Tensions escalated in Jerusalem al-Quds throughout the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, ahead of the planned forced expulsions of dozens of Palestinians from Sheikh Jarrah, where illegal Israeli settlers are looking to take over the properties of Palestinian families.

The violent crackdown by Israeli forces against Palestinians in Jerusalem al-Quds has sparked global concern.

Amnesty International USA on Friday urged Tel Aviv to “immediately” halt the forced evictions in Sheikh Jarrah.

“Israeli authorities must immediately halt forced evictions in the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah and end the ongoing forced displacement of Palestinians from East Jerusalem [al-Quds],” it said in a tweet on Friday.

Also in Salfit, Cyber Crime Prosecutor Issa Barham was killed by Israeli forces in Beita Village, south of Nablus.

Another Palestinian was fatally shot by Israeli forces in the village of Salem, east of Nablus. He was identified as Malek Hemdan, 22.

To the south of Nablus, another young man, Hossam Assaira, 20, was killed during skirmishes with Israeli troops in the village of Asira al-Qibliya.

Israeli soldiers also shot and killed one of the Palestinians attending an overnight anti-occupation protest near the city of Nablus. The identity of the Palestinian protester was not immediately known.

A Palestinian man identified only as Yousef and in his 20s was also shot by Israeli forces during clashes in Ya’bad, south of Jenin. He succumbed to his injuries shortly after he arrived at a hospital on Friday afternoon.

Israeli forces also killed a young Palestinian man as the residents of Urif Village, which lies to the south of Nablus City, confronted an attack by Israeli settlers on Friday.

Medical sources told Wafa news agency that the man succumbed to his injuries after he arrived at a hospital in Nablus with four bullet wounds. Quds news network cited sources as saying that the victim, named Nedal Safadi, had been shot by Israeli settlers.

Another Palestinian was fatally shot in an attack by Israeli settlers in al-Riya Village in the city of al-Khalil (Hebron) on Friday evening.

He was identified as Ismail al-Tubas, 28.

Additionally, Israeli troops opened fire at a vehicle driven by Mohammed Hamad, 30, near the village of Salwad, east of Ramallah, fatally injuring him. The murder of Hamad sparked clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces who used tear gas.

Several rallies also took place in other areas across the West Bank and were met with force by Israeli troops, who left many Palestinians injured.

A Lebanese man was also killed by Israeli forces as he was participating in a protest at the Lebanese border in support of Palestinians. He was identified as Mohamed Tahan, aged 21.

 Mohamed Tahan (file photo)

In a statement issued on Friday, Lebanese President Michel Aoun “strongly condemned the crime committed by Israeli forces.”

Another young Lebanese man was also wounded by the Israelis.

Palestinian resistance fighters have launched hundreds of rockets into Israeli-occupied territories in retaliation for the Tel Aviv regime’s military strikes on the Gaza Strip Gaza as well as its brutal crackdown on worshipers at al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem al-Quds.

Israel’s Channel 13 reported that rocket fire from Gaza directly hit electrical transformers in Be’er Sheva on Friday, which led to power cuts in large parts of the city.

Also on Friday, Israel’s military said it had killed a Palestinian over an alleged attempt to stab a soldier at a military post in Ofra, north of Ramallah.

Many Palestinians have sustained injuries or lost their lives in similar incidents due to allegations that they attempted stabbing or car-ramming attacks.

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