The Palestinian Authority Ministry of Health announced that a Palestinian was killed on Saturday by an Israeli settler’s bullets in the Nablus area in the northern occupied West Bank.
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The ministry said in a statement that Bilal Abu Salah (40 years old) “was martyred by a bullet in the chest fired by a settler” in the village of Al-Sawiya near Nablus.
The mayor of Al-Sawiya, Mahmoud Hassan, told AFP that Bilal Abu Salah was killed while picking olives with other members of his family on their land located close to the security fence of the Israeli colony of Rehelim.
He added: “Four settlers attacked them, and one of them, armed with an M16 rifle, opened fire on them without warning.” He added that Abu Salah was wounded in the chest and was martyred in front of his family and children.
In response to a question from Agence France-Presse, the Israeli army did not immediately respond.
More than 100 Palestinians have been killed in the West Bank during Israeli army operations since the outbreak of war in the Gaza Strip between Hamas and Israel on October 7.
The situation in the West Bank, occupied by Israel since 1967, was already tense before this war with regular raids carried out by Israeli forces and increased attacks by Israeli settlers against the Palestinian population.