Israeli troops shoot dead relative of Ahed Tamimi

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Military officials are expecting a large turnout at Friday's demonstration, raising the likelihood of bloodshed.

Nabi Saleh has always been in the spotlight for its demonstrations against Israeli policies in the occupied Palestinian territory, and as a result has been under heightened pressure by Israeli forces, who regularly carry out raids in the area.

Israel says many protest participants were members of Hamas, the dominant armed group in the Gaza Strip, and militants trying to breach the fenced frontier and launch attacks. Some two-thirds of Gaza's 2 million people are descendants of refugees who fled or were forced from their homes during the war surrounding Israel's establishment in 1948.

Palestinians said she repeatedly told the soldiers to leave her land, which is considered occupied under global law.


Pro-Palestinian Israeli activist Jonathan Pollak, who was in Nabi Saleh, told MEE that Tamimi was shot with live fire at least twice including one bullet that hit him in the back of neck and exited while he was 45 metres away from the soldiers.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson called on Israel Wednesday "to carry out a transparent, independent inquiry" into the circumstances leading to the deaths of about 120 Palestinians and injuries to thousands of others.

The Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories have remained tense since last December, when U.S. President Donald Trump announced his decision to relocate the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Iran has marked Al-Quds Day since the start of its 1979 Islamic revolution.


An Israeli high court has recently issued a ruling to demolish the Bedouin community in Khan al-Ahmar, east of Jerusalem, which will forcibly displace 35 Palestinian families as Israel plans to build 92 new settlement units nearby.

The Israeli military said it has adopted the use of drones to intercept some 500 kites and flaming balloons.

"But it's not 100 percent protection", he said.


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