Ramallah, West Bank: Israeli occupation soldiers shot dead a Palestinian man in the occupied West Bank on Friday, the Palestinian Health Ministry said. The killing happened in Hebron.
US-led peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians broke down in 2014 and a new push by President Donald Trump’s administration to restart negotiations has shown little progress so far.
Tensions between the sides have risen since Trump declared on December 6 that he recognises occupied Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Outraged Palestinian leaders said Washington could no longer take the lead in peace efforts but the Israeli regime has said the United States should remain peace-broker.
Trump’s announcement and the planned move in May of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem — home to sites holy to Muslims, Jews and Christians — reversed decades of US policy on the city. Its status is one of the biggest obstacles to reaching a peace agreement.
The Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of a future state.