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Israeli shot dead near illegal settlement in occupied West Bank

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In the northern part of the occupied West Bank, a Palestinian armed group has claimed responsibility for the drive-by shooting.

Israel’s army has reported that an Israeli man who was shot close to the entrance of an illegal settlement in the occupied West Bank has died from his injuries.

The Tuesday drive-by shooting happened near the Israeli town of Hermesh, which is southwest of Jenin. International law deems these settlements to be unlawful.

Local media named the man as Meir Tamari, who is thought to be in his 30s. He was pronounced dead at Hillel Yaffe Medical Center. AFP news agency said he had lived at Hermesh for the past four years, citing a statement by the Shomron Regional Council, the Israeli body that administers settlements in the northern West Bank.

An affiliate of the Fatah-linked al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades announced it had carried out the attack to avenge Palestinians killed by Israel.

“This, and other operations to come, will not be the final response to assuage our pain at the passing of our martyrs. The Tulkarm Brigades released a statement saying, “Our anguish is greater, and so is our retaliation.

Israeli forces said they have launched a search for two attackers. They also raided a nearby village where they confiscated footage from CCTV cameras, Al Jazeera’s Willem Marx reported from West Jerusalem.

Israeli settlers have announced they will hold protests in the West Bank later on Tuesday.

Since the start of 2023, Israeli forces have killed at least 158 Palestinians, including 26 children, according to the Palestinian news agency Wafa.

The Israeli military also killed 36 Palestinians during a four-day assault on the besieged Gaza Strip from May 9 to May 13.

Palestinian attacks against Israelis, meanwhile, have killed at least 22 in the same period.

In the settlements Israel built after capturing East Jerusalem and the West Bank in the 1967 War, more than 700,000 Israelis reside.

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