Israeli soldiers shot, on Saturday at night, one Palestinian with live fire, and nine with rubber-coated steel bullets, in addition to causing to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation in addition to cuts and bruises, during a procession in Beit town, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

The Palestinians held the procession to demand the army to transfer the corpse of Shadi Omar Salim Shorafa, 41, to his family to conduct the proper burial ceremony.

Local sources said the Palestinians burnt tires and closed the main road leading to the town before the soldiers invaded the area and started firing live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs, and concussion grenades.

Ahmad Jibril, the head of the Emergency Department at the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) in Nablus, said the soldiers shot a young man, 21, with a live round in the elbow, before the medics rushed him to Rafidia hospital, in Nablus.

Jibril added that the soldiers also shot nine Palestinians with rubber-coated steel bullets and caused at least twenty-seven to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation before the medics provided them with the needed treatment.

              Shadi Omar Salim Shorafa

It is worth mentioning that Shadi was killed, on July 27, 2021, at Beita Junction while trying to unlock the valve of the main water pipeline leading to the village, especially since the Israeli army frequently closes it, depriving more than 15.000 Palestinians of the needed water resources, approximated at 1300 Cubic/Meters.

Abdul-Mon’em Issa, a member of Beita Town Council, said Shadi has been working as a water technician for 17 years, and recently became an advisor to the council due to his vast experience in water resources and management.

Issa stated that, according to eyewitnesses in the area, the soldiers fired more than twelve live rounds at the Shadi without a warning.

“An important part of Shadi’s job was to ensure the Palestinians in the town have the needed water, especially since Israel keeps closing the water supplies to direct them to the illegal colonialist settlers in the area,” Issa added, “One of Israel’s ongoing crimes and violations, is depriving the Palestinians of the needed water resources, especially in the summer.”