Israel kills Palestinian, carries out demolitions in West Bank, East Jerusalem
RAMALLAH, Dec. 4 — Palestinian health authority declared Tuesday that Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian youth during a predawn raid in the northern West Bank city of Tulkarm.
Mohammad Habali, 22, was shot with live ammunition by Israeli forces in the head and lower body parts. He was rushed to the hospital, but was announced dead upon his arrival at the hospital.
Habali was shot from a close distance and he was a person with special needs, said local authority, adding that soldiers “intensively opened fire, ransacked and wreaked havoc in a number of civilian homes.”
In the northern West Bank Hares village, Israeli forces demolished Tuesday several commercial structures, according to local Palestinian sources.
The official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported that “a large number of Israeli forces raided the village before a military bulldozer demolished a blacksmith workshop, a carpentry workshop and a laundry wash.”
According to WAFA, Israeli sources said that the demolished structures were built without special permits issued by the Israeli Civil Administration, in Area C.
A total of 94 percent of Hares village is located in Area C, said data of the UN Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
Under the interim Oslo agreement signed between the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and the Israeli government in 1993, the West Bank was divided to three areas: Area A under Palestinian control, Area B under Palestinian control and Israeli security control, and Area C that are under full Israeli control and take up over 60 percent of its 5,655 square km area.
OCHA reports have said that Israel has approved only 1.5 percent of the construction building permits called by the Palestinians.
Meanwhile, Israeli bulldozers Tuesday demolished a Palestinian-owned house under construction in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabal al-Mukkaber, according to WAFA news Agency.
WAFA reported that a large unit of Israeli military police stormed the neighborhood and cordoned off the house under construction before bulldozers demolished the house under the claim that it is built without Israeli authority’s approval, where Israeli police reportedly restricted Palestinian movement in the area and assaulted Palestinians who attempted to fight back against bulldozers.
Palestinians want East Jerusalem to be the capital of their future independent state, while Israel wants all Jerusalem to be its eternal capital.
Israel annexed East Jerusalem in the 1967 war and declared the whole city as its eternal indivisible capital in 1980, but the move has not been recognized by the international community. – XINHUA