Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian in West Bank: medics

Source: Xinhua| 2017-05-22 22:54:36|Editor: yan
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RAMALLAH, May 22 (Xinhua) -- Israeli soldiers opened fire and killed on Monday afternoon a Palestinian at an Israeli army roadblock near the West Bank city of Bethlehem, according to Palestinian medics.

The Health Ministry in the West Bank said in an emailed press statement that Israeli soldiers stationed at an Israeli army roadblock near the city opened fire at a Palestinian young man and killed him.

The identity of the young man wasn't immediately known.

Israel Radio reported that the soldiers opened fire at the young man after he tried to stab one of the soldiers.

The health ministry said that the Israeli soldiers prevented the medical crews of the Palestinian Red Crescent Society to approach the scene and take the Palestinian man to a hospital and left him bleeding until he died.

Earlier Tuesday, at least four Palestinians injured by Israeli soldiers' gunfire during clashes broke out in several West Bank areas between Palestinian demonstrators and the soldiers, medics said.

The clashes broke out in support for Palestinian prisoners, who have been going on a hunger strike in Israeli prisons for 36 days in-a-raw. Most of the clashes concentrated near the Israeli army roadblock of Qalandia near Ramallah.

Medical sources said the four wounded are in moderate conditions after they were shot and wounded by live ammunition during the clashes with the Israeli soldiers at the roadblock.

The clashes coincided with a general strike that dominated all the Palestinian territories in support for the prisoners, where schools, universities, banks and governmental establishments closed down for one day.

Violence between Israel and the Palestinians in the West Bank mounted in support for the prisoners in Israeli jails, as United States President Donald Trump is paying a visit on Monday to Israel and Tuesday to the West Bank city of Bethlehem.