0148 GMT August 13, 2020
The victim was fatally shot by the forces in the village of Kifl Haris near the city of Salfit in the occupied territory on Thursday, Xinhua reported, citing the Palestinian Authority’s Health Ministry.
He later died from a deep wound in his neck, the ministry added, according to Press TV.
The incident took place after clashes broke out in the village between the military and Palestinian youths, the agency said, citing sources from the village.
"The Israeli occupier is fully responsible for the killing of the Palestinian young man in Salfit with no reason and with no justification," said Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammed Ishtaye.
Provincial governor, Abdullah Kamil, named the victim as Ibrahim Moustapha Abou Yacoub, 29, AFP said.
The Israeli military, however, gave another account, claiming "two assailants were throwing Molotov cocktails” at the forces. "Troops responded with fire," it added.
Three other Palestinians were also reportedly wounded during the clashes.
Kifl Hares is located south of the city of Nablus. The incident came as the Israeli regime has announced its intention to annex some areas of the city as part of 30 percent of the West Bank that it plans to expropriate under a US-backed pro-Tel Aviv scheme.
Tensions run high across the Palestinian territories since Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s announcement of the plan that has been met with far-and-wide regional and international objection.
Slamming the plan in a phone call with Netanyahu on Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron asked the Israeli prime minister to refrain from annexing Palestinian territory in the occupied West Bank and elsewhere.
The French president's office said in a statement on Friday that Macron "emphasized that such a move would contravene international law and jeopardize the possibility of a so-called two-state solution, aljazeera.com reported.
It was the latest move by European leaders pressing Netanyahu to drop plans to annex settlements in the West Bank and the strategic Jordan Valley.
Israel had set July 1 as the date when it could begin taking over the Palestinian areas.
The foreign ministries of France and Germany, along with those of Egypt and Jordan also warned this week that any annexation could have "consequences" for relations.
In addition, on Thursday, Russia warned that the Israeli regime’s contentious annexation plans risk the outburst of violence across the Middle East region.
Speaking at a weekly press briefing in Moscow on Thursday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova described the impending move as a unilateral implementation of US President Donald Trump's controversial proposal for “peace” between the Tel Aviv regime and the Palestinians, dubbed “the deal of the century”, and reiterated the need for an international consensus to reject Israel’s plans.
The deal of the century envisions Al-Quds as “Israel’s undivided capital” and allows the Tel Aviv regime to annex illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank and Jordan Valley. The plan also denies Palestinian refugees the right of return to their homeland, among other controversial terms.
Trump’s plan has triggered waves of protest around the globe.
The annexation move will also put an end to the prospect of the so-called two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Zakharova added.
She further noted that Russia shares the same position as that of the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) vis-à-vis such an attempt.
Zakharova also highlighted the need to restart negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians under the auspices of the United Nations and the Quartet on the Middle East – the US, the European Union, the UN and Russia – to work out a comprehensive and sustainable solution to the issue.
The last round of Israeli-Palestinian talks collapsed in 2014. Among the major sticking points in those negotiations was Israel’s continued settlement expansion.
More than 600,000 Israelis live in over 230 settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East Al-Quds.
The UN Security Council has condemned Israel’s settlement activities in the occupied territories in several resolutions.