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Israeli settlers claim another Palestinian life: Father of four shot and killed in West Bank village

Israeli settlers shot and killed a Palestinian father of four during a raid on the al-Mughayyir village in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah on Saturday night.

Palestinian officials and local media outlets reported that a group of Israeli settlers raided the village under the protection of armed Israeli soldiers — a common occurrence in areas of the West Bank located close to settlements — causing clashes to erupt with Palestinian residents of the village, who tried to fend off the settlers.

During the confrontations, a settler reportedly shot and killed 38-year-old Hamdi Saadeh Naasan.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health said in a statement that Naasan, a father of four young children and a former prisoner, arrived to the hospital in critical condition and succumbed to his wounds shortly afterwards.

The ministry also said that Israeli settlers shot Naasan in his back with live ammunition.

Local sources  said that Israeli settlers attempted to raid the village’s northern entrance, descending from a mountaintop into the outskirts of the village, “under the heavy protection of Israeli forces.”

In response, locals from al-Mughayyir and villagers from the nearby Khirbet Abu Falah rushed to the mountaintop in attempts to push back the settlers and prevent them from attacking the homes on the edge of the village.

Israeli occupation forces repeatedly fired live bullets, rubber-coated steel bullets, and stun grenades towards the Palestinians to disperse the, adding that at least 30 other Palestinians were injured during the attack, including six who were shot with live ammunition.

Meanwhile, the Israeli military released statements saying that a “confrontation” between settlers and Palestinians resulted in the light injury of a settler.

 “Initial details suggest that shortly thereafter, a conflict erupted between Israeli civilians and Palestinians in the area, in which live rounds were fired by the civilians. One Palestinian died and several others are injured,” they said in a statement, adding that an investigation has begun.

Videos released on social media of the incident, however, corroborate Palestinian accounts of the events, showing Israeli settlers and soldiers to be the initial instigators of the confrontations.