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Palestinian shot dead in West Bank

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plf shotA Palestinian man has been shot dead by an Israeli settler in the occupied West Bank amid Tel Aviv’s ongoing assault on the Gaza Strip.

The 21-year-old man, Mahmud Shawamreh, was shot between the town of Ar-Ram and the Hizma checkpoint, located north of East al-Quds (Jerusalem), on Monday.

The body of the victim was reportedly taken to Israel.

    Following the shooting, a spokeswoman for the Israeli army said that "The incident in which the Palestinian was killed … near Ramallah is being investigated by the military police."

Tensions in the occupied West Bank have been running high because of Tel Aviv’s ongoing offensive on the besieged Gaza Strip.

Israel began its airstrikes on the besieged enclave on July 8. Last Thursday, thousands of Israeli soldiers launched a ground invasion into the densely-populated strip as well.

The number of the Palestinians killed in 14 days of the Israeli war on the besieged Gaza Strip has risen to 573. The majority of victims are civilians including women, children and the elderly.

Medics say some Palestinians in the besieged enclave have been wounded by a new type of weapon that even doctors with previous experience in war zones do not recognize.

Israel had also used depleted-uranium and white phosphorus shells in the besieged region during their previous assaults.

Medical workers are now raising alarm over a humanitarian crisis in Gaza where hospitals are running low on basic medical supplies.

The UN Security Council has expressed serious concern over the growing number of casualties in the Gaza Strip.

Gaza has been blockaded since June 2007. The blockade has caused a decline in the standards of living, unprecedented levels of unemployment, and unrelenting poverty.

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