53-year-old Palestinian killed by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank | News

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry condemns the assassination of Nabil Ahmed Ghanem at the Israeli partition wall in Kalkilia in the occupied West Bank.

Israeli forces have killed a 53-year-old Palestinian man near the separation barrier in the northern city of Kalkilia in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian news agency Wafa reported.

The victim, identified as Nabil Ahmed Ganem by the Palestinian Ministry of Health, was shot dead Sunday near the village of Jajulia. He was a resident of the city of Nablus on the northwest coast.

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry said Sunday’s shooting was a “field execution”.

Wafa said Ghanem was shot while trying to cross the separation barrier. He was among tens of thousands of Palestinians in the West Bank who regularly seek work in Israel.

An Israeli army spokesman said the forces fired on a “suspect who destroyed the security fence”, which Palestinians and many human rights groups called an “apartheid wall”.

The International Court of Justice in The Hague ordered Israel to tear down the wall after declaring it illegal. However, the wall that severely restricts Palestinian movement remains.

Every day, about 165,000 Palestinians cross into Israel with work permits, according to a Palestinian workers’ union. Some have work permits in Israel, while others seek to pass without a permit.

It is unclear whether Ganem had the necessary documents to cross the checkpoints.

His body was taken by Israeli authorities to Meir Medical Center in Kfar Saba, Israel.

Increasing Israeli-Palestinian violence

Ghanem’s assassination comes amid a surge in Israeli-Palestinian violence.

More than 60 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces this year, many in raids, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

There were at least 19 people killed in Israel in Palestinian attacks in March.

In addition, clashes erupted Sunday near a military checkpoint southwest of Tulkarm, in the northwestern part of the occupied West Bank. Security sources told Wafa that five Palestinians had been arrested.

Israeli forces also arrested 13 Palestinians after storming the town of Bartaa, southwest of Jenin.

The director of the Jenin Montaser Prisoners’ Club, Sammur, told Wafa that the attack was aimed at a residential building.

Last month, a journalist from Al Jazeera Shirin Abu Akleh he was killed by Israeli forces while repelling an attack on Jenin.

Members of the international community have condemned her assassination and continue to call for an independent investigation.

Shirin was with Al Jazeera for 25 years, covering the history of the Israeli occupation.

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