Israeli forces have shot dead a Palestinian man in the southern city of Hebron in the occupied West Bank, the latest killing in a wave of escalating violence.

Identifying the deceased as 26-year-old Naseem Abu Fouda, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said he was shot in the head on Monday morning.

The official Palestinian Authority (PA) news agency, Wafa, said Israeli forces “stationed at the military checkpoint 160,

south of the Ibrahimi Mosque in the centre of Hebron, fired live bullets at the young man’s vehicle, wounding him with a bullet in the head,

after which he was transferred to the Al-Ahly Hospital in the city” and that he was later pronounced dead. Abu Fouda is the 35th Palestinian to be killed by Israeli forces in January 2023.

The death toll includes eight children. The latest killing comes as US Secretary of State Antony Blinken visits the region.

Blinken is set to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Monday and PA President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on Tuesday.