A Palestinian protester was killed by Israeli occupation military fire on Saturday, August 7, while demonstrating near the outpost of Evyatar in the West Bank, the Palestinian news agency Wafa reported. According to the Palestinian Red Crescent, 59 protesters were wounded near Beita. One Palestinian was shot in the foot, 20 were injured by sponge-tipped bullets, and the rest suffered from tear gas inhalation. Some of the wounded were evacuated to the hospital in Nablus.
The 38-year-old Palestinian killed during the protest was identified as Imad Dweikat, a father of five from the village of Beita near Evyatar. Dweikat is the ninth resident of the village who died from fire by Israeli soldiers during the clashes in recent months. Another resident of Beita, 41-year-old Shadi Lutfi Salim, was killed last week near his village. According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, Dweikat suffered gunshot wounds to his chest, and was rushed to Rafidia Hospital in Nablus, where he died.
The Palestinian presidency condemned on Saturday the Israeli army killing of Dweikat and called for providing international protection for the Palestinian people. Presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh told Voice of Palestine radio that the killing of Dweikat confirms the viciousness and crimes of the occupation against the defenseless Palestinian people and a continuation of the daily killings that cannot be tolerated. He renewed the call on the international community to provide protection for the Palestinian people, end the occupation, and establish the independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital on the 1967 borders.