Palestinian shot dead after throwing rock at Israeli soldier

A senior Israeli army official has assured lawmakers that forces are dedicating significant resources to combating Palestinian construction in the occupied West Bank.

Pro-Palestinian Israeli activist Jonathan Pollak, who works with the Free the Tamimis campaign, told MEE that Tamimi was shot with live fire at least twice when he was 45 meters away from the soldiers.

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 worldwide protection against the Israeli war machine".

"The soldier hit by the rock opened fire on the Palestinian who was (then) injured and received medical treatment on the spot". None of our troops were hurt.

The United Nations Human Rights Commission also voted to establish a war crimes probe into the deaths of demonstrators, with only the United States and Australia voting against it. Israel blasted the move as ignoring what it says is Hamas' role in the violence and said it won't co-operate with investigators.

There was no confirmation of his identity from the Palestinian health ministry.

Israel's killing of unarmed Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza has earned it severe criticism in recent months.

Gaza medics say the Israeli army has killed 120 Palestinians during the weekly Friday protests launched on March 30 in the Gaza Strip, an enclave controlled by the Islamist Hamas group and long subject to grinding Israeli and Egyptian embargoes.

Israel captured east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war and annexed it to its capital, a move not recognized by most of the global community.

The mass protests have been aimed at a border blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt in 2007, after the Islamic militant group Hamas overran the territory.

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

  • Jon Douglas