WEST BANK (Dispatches) –
Zionist troops fatally shot a 20-year-old Palestinian near the city of Jenin on Wednesday, as dozens were arrested in various raids across the occupied West Bank.
Rafiq Riyad Ghannam was wounded by the Zionist troops’ fire in the early morning while standing outside his home in Jaba, a town southwest of Jenin, during an army raid, according to Palestinian officials. The occupying regime’s troops have yet to return his body, the Palestinian ministry of health said.
The Palestinian foreign ministry condemned the “summary execution” of Ghannam and accused the regime of increasing violence in the lead-up to U.S. President Joe Biden’s visit to the region next week, despite calls for calm.
Meanwhile, several people have been injured in fierce clashes between Palestinians and regime forces on the outskirts of the Old City of Al-Quds.
The Arabic-language Palestine Today news agency reported that Zionist troops stormed Silwan neighborhood late on Tuesday, triggering a violent confrontation.
A number of Palestinians, including children, suffered breathing difficulties after inhaling tear gas fired by troops during the raid.
The development came as Zionist troops had physically assaulted and beaten a Palestinian worker to death near the separation wall in the occupied West Bank city of Tulkarm hours earlier.
The 32-year-old Ahmad Harb Ayyad, who is from the Gaza Strip, came under fire from troops along with a group of other Palestinians while trying to cross the wall to reach his workplace.
The group managed to get away from harm, but were then apprehended and beaten by Zionist troops, Palestinian sources said.
Ahmad was then taken to a Tuklarm hospital but due to the seriousness of his condition he was transferred to a hospital in the nearby city of Nablus, where he died shortly afterward.
For months, Zionist troops have been attacking Palestinian workers along the separation wall in the villages and towns of the West Bank, preventing thousands from reaching their workplaces inside the occupied territories and arresting many.