West Bank: Palestinian killed after allegedly throwing stones

Palestinian media reports that one of the stone throwers was killed after being shot by Israeli forces

Israeli forces opened fire on a group of Palestinians who allegedly threw stones at cars near the West Bank village of Sinjil, northeast of Ramallah, leaving an 18-year-old boy dead and another seriously injured.

Musaab Nafal died “from serious wounds sustained by (Israeli) occupation bullets near the village of Sinjil”, the Palestinian health ministry said in a statement.

The seriously injured man was being treated by army doctors.

According to the Israeli army, several Israeli vehicles traveling on Route 60 – a main highway in the West Bank – were damaged as a result of the stone throwing.

Israeli soldiers operating in the area responded by firing at the stone throwers. Palestinian media reported that one of the suspects was dead and the other injured.

The incident came four days after Israelis went to the polls for the general election.

Violence has skyrocketed between Israel and the Palestinians in recent months, with near-daily raids in the West Bank by Israeli forces following an increase in anti-Israeli attacks.

On Thursday, Israeli forces killed four Palestinians, including a suspected attacker in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Around 475,000 Jewish settlers currently live in the West Bank in communities considered illegal by most of the international community, alongside some 2.9 million Palestinians.

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