Israeli soldiers killed a municipal employee near Beta town, south of Nablus city, on Tuesday night according to local sources.
It claimed that Israeli troops shot and killed Shadi Omar Lotfi Salim, 41, outside the town's entrance, where weekly rallies against decades of Israeli settler-colonialism and apartheid have taken place.
Sources added that the soldiers utilized an ambulance to transport Salim's body, which the occupation authorities have yet to release.
Despite the fact that there were no protests in the vicinity Tuesday night, the Israeli military claimed Salim "approached the soldiers in a hostile manner while wielding what seemed to be an iron bar" before being shot.
Member of Beta Municipality, Abdul-Mun‘im Issa, stated that Salim, a municipal water technician, went to open the water main supplying water to the town before being gunned down.
Mekorot, the Israeli water firm with a monopoly on water excavation, restoration, distribution, and sale, gives very little water to Palestinian communities and cities, compared to large amounts to settlements in the West Bank.
The villagers of Beta have been protesting the building of the new colonial settlement outpost of Givat Eviatar atop Jabal Sabih (Sabih Mountain), near the town, and the pillage of their land in defiance of Israeli and international law.
The building of the two colonial outposts atop Mount Sabih, south of Beita, and Mount Al-Arma, north of the town, besides to a bypass road to the west is an Israeli occupation measure to push Palestinian villages and towns into crowded enclaves, ghettos, surrounded by walls, settlements and military installations, and disrupt their geographic contiguity with other parts of the West Bank.
The total number of settlers living in Jewish-only colonial settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law has increased over 700,000 and colonial settlement expansion has tripled since the signing of Oslo Accords in 1993.