An Israeli settler shot and killed a Palestinian youth and injured a journalist yesterday, south of Nablus.
The Palestinian Health Ministry said in a statement that Moutaz Hussein Hilal Bani Shamsa, 23 from Beita, was killed and AP photojournalist, Majdi Shtayyeh, was wounded after an Israeli settler fired several gunshots at a peaceful march to support Palestinian prisoners who are on hunger strike in Israeli jails.
Eyewitnesses and local sources said Bani Shamsa was transferred to Rafidya Governmental Hospital in Nablus where he later succumbed to his wounds.
The sources confirmed that the town of Huwara “did not witness any confrontations before the shooting at the peaceful march, near the school Huwara.”
The Israeli army forces closed the Hawara and Za’tara military checkpoints south of Nablus and prevented citizens from moving through them.
Later, another Israeli settler was found celebrating the death of the Bani Shamsa by handing out chocolates to passing Israeli cars near the site of the shooting. He was also seen taunting Palestinians.