Palestinian killed by Israeli gunfire near Ramallah

Jerusalem, Dec 18 (IANS) A Palestinian man was shot dead by Israeli gunfire early on Sunday near the West Bank city of Ramallah, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.

In an e-mailed statement, the ministry said that the victim Ahmed Rimawi, 23, was from Beit Rima village near Ramallah, Xinhua news reported.

Witnesses said that Rimawi was killed during clashes between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers when Israeli forces stormed the village.

There was no immediate comment from the Israeli side on the incident.

Since October 2015, 345 Palestinians and 42 Israelis have been killed and hundreds injured in violent clashes between the two sides that happened on Palestinian territories.