A Palestinian father of four was shot dead by Israeli soldiers last night at a checkpoint in Beit Ur Al-Tahta, near the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, the Ministry of Health has confirmed.
Raed Youssef Jadallah, 39, was gunned down after he went to pick up his son who was returning from work in occupied Jerusalem. His son found him dead after trying to reach him on the phone.
Local residents said there were no disturbances or trouble in the area at the time of the shooting. Israeli forces, however, claim to have seen Jadallah lighting a fire on a road near the checkpoint and shot him. However, no evidence of such a fire was found.
Meanwhile, Israeli occupation forces have demolished three agricultural structures in the village of Duma, south of Nablus, reported Wafa news agency today.
According to Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors settlement activities in the district, Israeli forces entered the village during the early hours of this morning. Their bulldozers then demolished an agricultural structure owned by local resident Faris Salawdeh, and two others owned by a Palestinian from Jerusalem.
Israel's widely practiced policy of home demolitions and destruction of other property targets entire families. Such demolitions are regarded as illegal collective punishment under international law.