A Palestinian youth was shot dead at point-blank bank range by Israeli forces personnel in the occupied West Bank town of Huwwara near Nablus on Friday.
The Palestinian youth, as per reports, was hit in the upper body and fell to the ground. Two of the shots hit him while he lay on the ground.
The deceased man, as per Palestinian media reports, has been identified as 22-year-old Ammar Mefleh.
Caught on camera
An lsraeli police executes a Palestinian at point-blank range! pic.twitter.com/oQHnWKEllo
— Muhammad Smiry (@MuhammadSmiry) December 2, 2022
The Palestinian foreign ministry has said the shooting of a Palestinian man by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank was tantamount to an execution meant to escalate already spiralling violence in the occupied territory, Reuters news agency reported.
The killing on Friday was captured on video and widely circulated on social media. It showed Israeli forces personnel holding the Palestinian man in a headlock by a road as two other men try to wrestle him away. Then the Israeli forces personnel pulls out a handgun and shoots him several times as he falls to the ground.
The shooting marks the ninth Palestinian killed since Tuesday in the occupied West Bank, mostly in clashes with or raids by Israeli forces, and the surge in violence has alarmed the international community, Al Jazeera reported.
On Twitter, the United Nations Middle East envoy, Tor Wennesland, said he was horrified by the latest killing and the European Union said it was concerned by what appears to be an excessive use of force by Israeli forces towards Palestinians.
Horrified by today’s killing of a Palestinian man, Ammar Mifleh, during a scuffle with an Israeli soldier near Huwarra in the o. West Bank. My heartfelt condolences to his bereaved family. Such incidents must be fully & promptly investigated, & those responsible held accountable.
— Tor Wennesland (@TWennesland) December 2, 2022
“Horrified by today’s killing of a Palestinian man, Ammar Mifleh, during a scuffle with an Israeli soldier near Huwarra in the o. West Bank. My heartfelt condolences to his bereaved family. Such incidents must be fully & promptly investigated, & those responsible held accountable,” Wennesland tweeted.
In Washington, State Department Spokesman Ned Price reiterated that the United States was “deeply concerned” by the violence in the occupied West Bank, pointing in particular to the toll on children.
“We re-emphasise the need for all parties to do everything in their power to de-escalate the situation. It’s vital that the parties themselves take urgent actions to prevent even greater loss of life,” Price told reporters, as per Al Jazeera report.