Palestinians: Israeli troops shot dead man in West Bank

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RAMALLAH, West Bank – The Palestinian health ministry said on Friday that Israeli forces shot and killed a man during an arrest near Nablus in the occupied West Bank.

Salah Sawafta, 58, was in critical condition after a bullet hit his head in Tubas and died hours later in a hospital, the ministry said.

Sawafta returned home after attending morning prayers at the village mosque while Israeli troops operated in the area, his brother, Jehad, said.

“There were clashes with young people in the area and Salah was shot in the head by a sniper after he bought a bag of bread from a grocery store and continued on his way home,” he said.

The Israeli military said its forces have entered two villages to arrest Palestinians suspected of participating in or planning attacks against Israeli targets. In Tubas, Palestinians threw Molotov cocktails and opened fire on the soldiers, who responded with fire. The military said “a hit was identified” without further elaboration.

Almost daily, Israeli troops conduct raids on the West Bank, including in areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority, to arrest wanted Palestinians. The nighttime operations are often accompanied by clashes with stone-throwing Palestinians and sometimes with armed men.

Israel occupied the West Bank in the 1967 Middle East War, building dozens of settlements that became home to about half a million Jewish settlers.

The Palestinians want the West Bank, where nearly 3 million Palestinians live under Israeli military rule, to become the bulk of their future state.

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