Israeli Soldiers Kill Palestinian Man, Arrest Dozens in West Bank

Israeli forces shot dead a 20-year-old Palestinian man and arrested dozens of others in a fresh raid in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin on Wednesday.

The victim was identified as Rafiq Riyad Ghannam, who was severely wounded by Israeli fire while standing outside his home in Jaba, a town in south Jenin.

“Israeli forces first shot Ghannam and then wrapped his body in black plastic before taking him away,” WAFA quoted his family as saying.

Israeli forces have yet to return Ghannam’s body and his family described the incident as a deliberate cold-bloody murder.

The Palestinian foreign ministry condemned the “summary execution” of Ghannam and accused Israel of increasing violence ahead of US President Joe Biden’s visit to the region next week.

Israel did not immediately comment on the incident.

Meanwhile, Israeli forces arrested more than 42 Palestinians during major military raids in the cities of Ramallah, Nablus, Hebron, and Tulkarm in the West Bank on Wednesday. 

The biggest arrest campaign was carried out in Ramallah city where Israeli forces stormed into dozens of houses and detained 29 Palestinians.

Head of the Palestinian Authority’s Prisoners Commission, Qadri Abu Bakr has strongly commended the mass detention of innocent people by Israeli forces.

Israel currently holds more than 4,450 Palestinian political prisoners, including 640 who are in administrative detention with no charge or trial.

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