World Bulletin / News Desk
A Palestinian man was shot dead by the Israeli army near the West Bank city of Bethlehem, eyewitnesses said.
Mahmoud Hamamrah, 32, was shot in the heart by Israeli gunfire during clashes in Husan town, nine kilometers west of Bethlehem, the witnesses added.
He was rushed to Hebron hospital for treatment but he succumbed to his wounds before arrival, they added.
The Israeli authorities are yet to comment on the incident.
Clashes erupted in several areas across the West Bank late Tuesday with Palestinian protesters taking to the streets in support of their countrymen in the Gaza Strip which has been reeling under a crippling Israeli onslaught over the past two weeks.
Since July 7, Israel has pounded the Gaza Strip with fierce aerial bombardments. On Thursday night, Israel stepped up its offensive to include ground operations, sending thousands of troops into the embattled Palestinian territory.
At least 635 Palestinians have been killed – mostly civilians – and more than 4000 others injured in Israel's ongoing offensive, now in its third week.
Gaza-based resistance factions, meanwhile, have continued to fire rocket at Israeli cities in response to relentless Israeli bombardments.
According to official Israeli figures, 28 Israeli soldiers and two civilians have been killed since the hostilities began.
Israel's military operation is the self-proclaimed Jewish state's third major offensive against the densely-populate Gaza Strip – which is home to some 1.8 million Palestinians – within the last six years.
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