Israel Says Palestinian Medic's Death in Gaza Was Unintentional

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Israeli occupation forces have shot and killed a 21-year-old Palestinian on Wednesday during a raid in the village of Nabi Salih near the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Over 115 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire during near-weekly demonstrations that began March 30.

The Palestinian Information Ministry said in a statement that "the execution of Tamimi in cold blood, with three bullets at close range, proves how much our people are in need of global protection against the Israeli war machine".

It said the troops were on a search and arrest operation in the village of Nabi Saleh, northwest of Ramallah, when they were confronted by at least 10 stone-throwing Palestinians who hit one soldier in the head.

"The soldier who was hit by the rock fired towards the Palestinian, who was injured and medically treated by IDF (Israeli army) troops at the scene", the spokesperson said.

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The village gained further prominence after the arrests of 17-year-old Ahed Tamimi and her mother, Nariman, who were sentenced to eight months in Israeli prison after Ahed slapped an Israeli soldier and her mother filmed and shared the incident.

There was no confirmation of his identity from the Palestinian health ministry. Palestinians want East Jerusalem for their future capital. Thousands of Palestinians are streaming toward the fence separating Gaza from Israel for a protest against the decade-long blockade of their territory.

Demonstrators also chanted anti-American slogans to condemn the USA decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem.

Palestinian medics said that at least 120 Palestinians have been killed since the start of the popular return marches on the borders between the Gaza Strip and Israel on March 30, with nearly daily clashes on the border.

Israel says many protest participants were Hamas members and militants trying to breach the border and launch attacks. But the vast majority of Palestinian casualties, including over 3,700 people wounded by Israeli fire, have been unarmed.

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