A Palestinian teenager has died after being shot by Israeli soldiers at a protest over illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian authorities said on Saturday.
Seventeen-year-old Mohammed Munir al-Tamimi, who suffered gunshot wounds, died later in hospital, the Palestinian health ministry said, a day after the protests in the flashpoint Palestinian village of Beita.
The Red Crescent said 320 Palestinians were injured in the clashes, including 21 by live fire, 68 by rubber-tipped bullets and many others by tear gas.
Hundreds of Palestinians had gathered in the afternoon in the village of Beita, a hot spot in recent months, to protest the illegal outpost of Eviatar located nearby, an AFP photographer said.
The area has seen regular demonstrations against illegal settlement expansion on Palestinian land.
The Israeli army said its soldiers had responded “with riot dispersal means” after Palestinians hurled rocks at them.
Israel said two of its soldiers were “lightly injured” in the violence.
Hundreds of Palestinians attended the teenager’s funeral in the occupied West Bank, reported Palestinian media.
#Watch | Palestinians in hundreds participated in the funeral of Mohammed Tamimi (17) who was shot and killed by an Israeli force that raided Nabi Saleh village predawn today. pic.twitter.com/ujnwD8xz9L
— Quds News Network (@QudsNen) July 24, 2021
Beita has been the scene of frequent unrest since May, when dozens of Israeli families arrived and began building the settlement on a hilltop near Nablus in defiance of Israeli and international law.
After weeks of protests and tensions, the government of nationalist Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett struck a deal with the settlers that saw them leave the Eviatar outpost.
The settlers left behind the rudimentary homes they built until the Israeli defence ministry determines whether the land can be considered state territory.
The Israeli military is maintaining a presence in Eviatar until the decision is made.
The agreement was rejected by the mayor of Beita, who said on Thursday that protests will continue as long as any Israeli “remains on our land”.
All Jewish settlements in the West Bank are regarded as illegal by most of the international community.