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Quadriplegic Palestinian after Israeli gunfire: Ministry | Middle East News

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Witnesses say the incident was sparked when Israeli forces tried to prevent Palestinians from building a house in a village in southern Hebron.

A Palestinian was paralyzed from neck to toe after being shot dead by the IDF on Friday in the West Bank, the Palestinian health ministry said.

The man was shot in the neck, the ministry said in a statement.

Palestinian sources had previously reported the injury of Haroun Rasmi Abu Aram, 24, in the village of Al-Tuwanah, south of Hebron.

The man had tried to prevent troops from “stealing an electric generator” that belonged to him, according to the Palestinian news agency WAFA.

Israeli rights group B’Tselem said Abu Aram was helping a neighbor build a house at the time of the shooting.

Witnesses confirmed that the incident was sparked when Israeli forces tried to prevent Palestinians from building a house in a village in southern Hebron and seized an electricity generator belonging to Abu Aram.

Israel prevents Palestinians from building homes in areas under its control in the West Bank without a difficult-to-obtain building permit.

The IDF told AFP news agency that a number of Palestinians attacked soldiers carrying out a routine operation to evacuate an “illegal building” and fired into the air in response.

An investigation into the incident was underway, the IDF added.

Israel has occupied the West Bank since 1967, and its settlements in the region are considered illegal by much of the international community.

But the settler population has increased in recent years.

There are currently some 450,000 Jewish settlers in the West Bank, living among an estimated 2.8 million Palestinians.

In 2020, Israel demolished the homes of more than 900 Palestinians in the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem, according to Israeli rights group B’Tselem.

The Palestinians claim the West Bank and Gaza Strip, with a capital in East Jerusalem, for a future state. They say the growing settler population in the West Bank has made it increasingly difficult to gain independence.



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