Israeli troops have shot dead a young Palestinian man after he allegedly threw stones near a checkpoint at the entrance to the town of Ni’lin, located west of Ramallah.
The Palestinian Ministry of Health confirmed on Sunday that the man has lost his life after being shot by the Israeli troops’ gunfire.
A spokesperson for the Israeli military claimed the Israeli forces had thwarted an “attempted terrorist attack” near the N’ilin Junction on Sunday night.
His claim comes as he himself admits the man killed by Israeli troops was among a number of people “throwing stones” toward Israeli vehicles.
The Israeli forces have fired at those stone-throwing Palestinians, hitting and killing one of them and injuring another who escaped from the scene, the spokesperson said.
WAFA news agency said the Israeli military even prevented an ambulance from transferring the young man to the hospital.
Back on March 11, Israeli forces shot and killed a 15-year-old Palestinian during a protest against a tour organized by Israeli settlers to a historical site in a West Bank village.
The Sunday killing of the Palestinian man in Ramallah comes as the Palestinian Authority started implementing a mandatory quarantine on areas controlled by the PA as part of efforts to combat the coronavirus outbreak. All citizens are prohibited from leaving their homes as of 10 pm on Sunday for a period of two weeks.
“Firstly, it is forbidden for citizens to move between governorates at all. Secondly, it is forbidden for our people in villages and refugee camps to come to the downtown of our cities except for urgent and medical matters. Thirdly, no citizens are not allowed to leave their homes, as part of home-confinement, as of 22:00 (20:00 GMT) tonight, 22nd of March, except for medical centers and their workers. Workers in these areas should show their work cards: pharmacies, bakeries, and grocery stores,” Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh said in his quarantine order.