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Israelis kill Palestinian, demolish house

The file photo of Israeli forces near the city of Ramallah in the Tel Aviv-occupied West Bank

The file photo of Israeli forces near the city of Ramallah in the Tel Aviv-occupied West Bank

Israeli forces have shot and killed a Palestinian for allegedly hurling stones at vehicles and demolished the house of another Palestinian in the West Bank.

The Israeli forces shot and killed Mahmoud Badran, 20, alleging that he had thrown stones at moving vehicles between the villages of Beit Sira and Beit Ur in the West Bank.

Two other Palestinians were also wounded. They were fired at over the same allegation.

The Israeli military said in a statement that two “suspects” were also arrested. It is not clear if those arrested were the same two people who were wounded.

Israeli media alleged that the Palestinians had inflicted damage on the passing vehicles and slightly injured two drivers.

Also on Tuesday, Israeli forces razed the home of Palestinian Bashar Massala, in the village of Hajjah, further north of the Palestinian territories. The Palestinian is accused by the Israeli regime of having conducted an attack against Israelis.

The Tel Aviv regime routinely demolishes the houses of Palestinians it accuses of assaults against Israelis. The demolitions displace families, including women and children, who have had nothing to do with the alleged attacks.

The occupied territories have witnessed heightened tensions since August 2015, when Israel imposed restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshipers into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East al-Quds (Jerusalem).

At least 213 Palestinians have lost their lives at the hands of Israeli forces since the beginning of last October amid the tensions.

An Israeli bulldozer is seen carrying out construction work south of the city of al-Khalil (Hebron) in the south of the Tel Aviv-occupied West Bank, June 11, 2016

The provocative demolitions by the Israeli regime, as well as its refusal to stop illegal settlement construction on occupied Palestinian territories, have dimmed hopes for any attempts aimed at bringing peace to Palestinians.

Over half a million Israelis live in more than 230 illegal settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the West Bank, including East al-Quds. The settlements are considered by the international community as illegal.

An international French-backed conference is planned to convene later in the year to discuss so-called peace between Israelis and Palestinians. A meeting of the European Union (EU) foreign ministers in Luxembourg on Monday voiced support for the project, although Israel reiterated its opposition.

(Source / 22.06.2016)

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