Israeli forces kill 21-year-old Ezzaddin Tamimi in Nabi Saleh

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Israeli occupation forces arrested more than 600 Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territories and besieged Gaza Strip in May, including 94 children and nine women, human rights groups have said.

According to a statement by the Israeli military, more than 10 Palestinians tried to disrupt a force carrying out arrests in the village of Nabi Saleh and one of them threw a rock at a soldier, striking him in the head.

After initially responding with riot-dispersal means, the military said one of the Palestinians approached from a side position and hurled a large rock that struck one of the soldiers in the head.

It was not immediately clear whether Tamimi died at the scene or after the soldiers took him away in an armoured vehicle.

Eyewitnesses said the soldiers assassinated the Palestinian, directly and repeatedly firing at him, in addition to attacking dozens of Palestinians.

The Palestinian Health Ministry identified the victim as Izza Abdul-Hafiz al-Tamimi, adding that Israeli forces had directly fired three bullets at him.

Nabi Saleh is located across the road from the Halamish settlement in the Binyamin region of the West Bank.

Nabi Saleh has always been in the spotlight for its demonstrations against Israeli policies in the occupied Palestinian territory, and as a result has been under heightened pressure by Israeli forces, who regularly carry out raids in the area.

In addition, 20 Palestinians from Salfit, eight from Jericho and 29 from the Gaza Strip were detained. USA -brokered peace talks collapsed in 2014.

Attacks have petered off in recent months as the Palestinian focus has shifted toward protests at the Gaza border, where Israeli troops have killed over 115 Palestinians wounded almost 3,700 more during near-weekly protests, according to Palestinian health officials.

The IDF said it's investigating this latest incident, in which Izz ad-Din Tamimi was killed, but it's far from the first case of Palestinians being shot. Israel says it has a right to defend itself from violent rioters, who want to cross the border fence.

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