Palestinian killed at funeral protest for slain 11-year-old

Israeli forces shoot, kill Palestinian man at funeral protest for slain 11-year-old
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30 July, 2021
Shawkat Khaled Awad, 20, became the second Beit Ummar resident to be shot and killed by Israeli soldiers in 24 hours, after he was shot in the head and stomach.
Israel has occupied the West Bank since 1967 [Getty]

A young Palestinian man who was shot by Israeli soldiers on Thursday in the southern West Bank town of Beit Ummar died of his wounds, according to Palestine's health ministry.

Shawkat Khaled Awad, 20, became the second Beit Ummar resident to be shot and killed by Israeli soldiers in 24 hours, according to Palestinian Authority's news agency Wafa

He was immediately pronounced in critical condition before his health deteriorated.

Awad was shot in the head and stomach and was fighting for his life in hospital, where he was pronounced dead hours later.

On Wednesday, Israeli forces shot and killed Mohammad Allamy, 11, while he was in his father's car.

Fierce clashes broke out in Beit Ummar following the funeral of Allamy.

Soldiers opened fire at the stone-throwing youths, injuring at least 12 people with live bullets, according to the Red Crescent, including Awad who later died of his wounds.

Israel has occupied the West Bank illegally since 1967, and commits various abuses against Palestinian civilians, human rights groups say.

More than 700,000 Jewish Israelis live in settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, in constructions considered illegal under international law.

The Oslo agreement of 1995 divided the occupied West Bank into three zones: Area A, Area B, and Area C.

Area A is under the administrative and security control of the Palestinian Authority (PA). Area B's administration is controlled by the PA, with Israel controlling security. Area C is under full administrative and security control of Israel.