Palestinian Man Shot Dead South of Bethlehem

Israeli forces on Monday shot and killed a Palestinian youth at the Gush Etzion colonial settlement junction, south of Bethlehem, according to security sources.

They said that Israeli forces gunned down Faleh Jaradat, a resident of the southern Hebron-district town of Sa‘ir, at the junction after allegedly attempting to carry out a stabbing attack.

Israeli media claimed that the alleged “assailant” exited a car at the junction and attempted to stab a soldier who shot him before the man reached him.

The circumstances surrounding the alleged stabbing attempt remain unclear and largely based on the Israeli version of events.

Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates today condemned in two separate statements the Israeli army killing of a Palestinian man near the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem.

Shtayyeh called on international human rights organizations to pressure Israel to stop the killings and ongoing attacks on the Palestinian people.

He said the soldiers left Jaradat bleeding on the ground until he died, stressing that the extrajudicial execution of Palestinians reflects “the doctrine of state terrorism espoused by its soldiers.”

The Foreign Ministry considered the killing of Jaradat another episode in the series of extrajudicial killings committed by the Israeli occupiers and their settlers against unarmed Palestinian civilians under flimsy pretexts and enforcement of the new shooting instructions approved by the political and military circles in the occupying state.

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