EU condemns point blank shooting of young Palestinian in West Bank
EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell has denounced Israeli shooting of young Palestinian man at point blank range in the occupied West Bank on Friday.
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Palestinian activists shared a video on social media on Friday showing an Israeli soldier while scuffling with a young man in Huwara town, south of Nablus city.
The young Palestinian man, identified as 22-year-old Ammar Mefleh, was shot at point blank by an Israeli soldier, leaving him badly injured. The Palestinian was later pronounced dead.
“The killing of a 22-year-old Palestinian on Friday by Israeli security forces was the latest example of the recent uptick in violence,” Borrell said in a statement.
On Friday, the EU condemned Israel’s use of lethal force against Palestinians in the West Bank, citing that 10 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces in just 72 hours.
The EU said that 2022 was the “deadliest year since 2006, with 140 Palestinians killed” by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.
Borrell called for an investigation into the incidents that took place in the West Bank.
“Those responsible must be held fully accountable,” he added.
Tension has been running high across the West Bank in recent weeks amid repeated Israeli raids to detail what they say “wanted Palestinians” or to demolish Palestinian homes. The raids spark clashes with Palestinians, causing several fatalities.
The latest deaths have brought the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli army fire to twenty-two Palestinians, including five children since the beginning of November.
Israel army has shot and killed 159 Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem since the start of the year ignoring the international decry of the violence by Tel Aviv regime against Palestinians.