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Israeli forces shoot dead young Palestinian in West Bank

Israeli forces have killed a young Palestinian man after shooting him in the head in the town of Qarawat Bani Hassan in the occupied West Bank city of Salfit.

The 27-year-old, identified as Methqal Salman Rayyan, was killed with bullets fired by Israeli settlers after a group of them attacked Palestinians.

Several Palestinians suffered serious injuries and suffocation after Israeli occupation forces, present at the scene, fired toxic gas canisters.

The latest incident brought up the number of Palestinians killed by the regime forces and settlers since the beginning of 2023 to 46, including 9 children and an elderly woman.

In January alone, Israeli forces killed 35 Palestinians, including 8 children, while 224 Palestinians, including 61 children, were killed in 2022.

Israeli forces have ramped up attacks against Palestinian towns in recent months in a bid to stifle growing Palestinian resistance in occupied cities. Dozens of Palestinians have lost their lives and many others have been arrested.

Israeli minister Itamar Ben-Gvir recently issued an order for a five-fold increase in the number of new gun permits for settlers in occupied territories.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Turk, has warned the plan for arming civilians would only lead to more violence and bloodshed.

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