Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian Municipal Employee near Nablus

Shadi Omar Lotfi Salim, 41, was killed by Israeli forces. (Photo: via Social Media)

Israeli forces Tuesday night killed a municipal employee near Beita town, south of Nablus city, according to the Palestinian news agency WAFA.

Israeli troops gunned down Shadi Omar Lotfi Salim, 41, near the entrance of the town, which has become a scene of weekly protests against decades of Israeli settler-colonialism and apartheid.

The soldiers used an ambulance to evacuate Salim’s body, which is still withheld by the occupation authorities.

Although there had been no protests in the area Tuesday night, the Israeli military claimed that Salim “approached the soldiers in a menacing manner while holding what appeared to be an iron bar” before being gunned down.

Member of Beita Municipality, Abdul-Mun‘im Issa, said that Salim, a municipal water technician, went to open the pipes that supply water to Beita and other adjacent areas before being gunned down.

The Israeli water company of Mekorot, which has a monopoly on the excavation, restoration, distribution and selling of water, allocates minimal water to Palestinian villages and cities in contrast to generous quantities to settlers in the West Bank.

The villagers of Beita have been protesting the building of the new settlement outpost of Givat Eviatar atop Jabal Sabih (Sabih Mountain), near the town, and the pillage of their land in defiance of Israeli and international law.

The number of settlers living in Jewish-only colonial settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law has jumped to over 700,000 and Jewish settlement expansion has tripled since the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993.

(WAFA, PC, Social Media)

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