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Publish Date: 9:59 - 10 January 2017
Israeli military forces have fatally shot a young Palestinian in the West Bank amid simmering tensions between Israeli troops and Palestinian protesters in the occupied territories.
Witnesses said Israeli soldiers stormed al-Fari’ah refugee camp, located 12 kilometers south of Jenin, early on Tuesday, violently broking into the house of Mohammed al-Salehi before killing the 33-year-old former prisoner, Arabic-language Safa news agency reported.

Violent clashes broke out in the aftermath of the raid, with Israeli forces arresting at least three local residents. Those arrested were later identified as Mahmoud Jabbarin, Qais Nash’at and Mahmoud Nazmi Abu Hassan.

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

More than 270 Palestinians have lost their lives at the hands of Israeli forces in the tensions since the beginning of October that year, when the tensions intensified.

Israel mulls more land grab

Meanwhile, Israel plans to build hundreds more illegal settler units on the occupied Palestinian territories in clear defiance of a recent UN Security Council resolution demanding a halt to the regime’s settlement expansion.

The Arabic-language Palestine al-Aan news agency reported that the so-called Jerusalem al-Quds Local Planning and Building Committee will discuss the construction of 390 housing units in the Shu’afat neighborhood of East Jerusalem al-Quds during a session on Wednesday.

The report added that the committee had deferred the decision over the past few weeks in the wake of US Secretary of State John Kerry’s blistering speech on Israel’s land grab policy as well as UN Security Council Resolution 2334.

Israeli forces kill Palestinian man in occupied West Bank

The resolution 2334 demands Israel to "immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem” al-Quds.

It also states that Israel’s settlement activities have "no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law.”

About 600,000 Israelis live in over 230 illegal settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East Jerusalem al-Quds.

The continued expansion of Israeli settlements in occupied Palestine has created a major obstacle to efforts to establish peace in the Middle East.

Palestinians want the West Bank as part of a future independent Palestinian state, with East Jerusalem al-Quds as its capital.
(Press TV)

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