Israeli guards killed a Palestinian near a settlement in the West Bank News about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Karam Ali Ahmad Salman, 18, was shot dead near Kedumim settlement amid rising tensions.

Israeli guards killed a Palestinian teenager near an illegal Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian health officials said, amid rising tensions after Israeli forces killed at least nine people in a refugee camp in Jenin earlier this week.

Karam Ali Ahmad Salman, 18, was killed by “the Israeli occupation near the settlement of Kedumim,” the Palestinian Ministry of Health reported on Sunday.

Israeli forces have killed more than 30 Palestinians so far this year.

The ministry added that Kedumim was built on privately owned Palestinian land.

The Israeli military claimed that Salman was “armed with a gun” and was killed by a “civilian security team”.

SENSITIVE MATERIAL.  THIS IMAGE MAY OFFEND OR DISTURB Mourners carry the bodies of Palestinians, including militants, who were killed in an Israeli attack, during their funeral in Jenin in the Israeli-occupied West Bank January 26, 2023. REUTERS/Raneen Sawafta
Mourners carry the bodies of Palestinians killed in an Israeli attack during their funeral in Jenin in the Israeli-occupied West Bank [Raneen Sawafta/Reuters]

Israel has occupied the West Bank since the 1967 war and the settlements are considered illegal under international law.

The shooting followed a series of attacks after Israeli forces killed nine Palestinians in the Jenin refugee camp during a raid on Thursday.

On the same day, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian in the town of al-Ram, north of Jerusalem, marking one of the deadliest days in the occupied West Bank.

The United Nations said 2022 was the deadliest year for Palestinians in the occupied West Bank since 2005, with at least 170 people killed, including more than 30 children, and 9,000 others injured.

Meanwhile on Saturday, Israeli settlers north of Ramallah set fire to the house of a Palestinian family. Al Jazeera reporter Ahmed Maher said that no one was in the house when the house was set on fire.

“We have learned that the family has left the occupied Palestinian territories,” he added, speaking from Ramallah. “Activists and eyewitnesses say there has been an increase in attacks since Friday night.”

On Friday, a Palestinian gunman shot dead seven people near a synagogue in occupied East Jerusalem before being fatally shot.

In response to the attack, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced plans on Saturday to make it easier for Israelis to obtain firearms, a move seen as “collective punishment” and a step that could further escalate the violence.

Israel also carried out several air strikes on the blockaded Gaza Strip on Friday. Local sources in Gaza told Al Jazeera that Israeli warplanes hit al-Maghazi refugee camp in the center of the territory, with at least 13 strikes in the early hours of Friday.

Israel’s military said the airstrikes on Gaza – one of the world’s most densely populated areas with a population of 2.1 million – came after two rockets were fired at Israel at around midnight (2200 GMT).

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