One dead, dozens hurt in West Bank

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iol news pic SIE002_MIDEAST-GAZA_0808_11 REUTERS A boy looks at the camera at a United Nations-run school hosting internally displaced Palestinians in Gaza City. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola

Hebron, Palestinian Territories -Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian teenager on Friday, amid widespread protest across the West Bank against the Israeli military campaign in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian medical officials said.

They said that Mohammed Qatri, 19, was one of a group who clashed with soldiers near the Israeli settlement of Psagot, between Jerusalem and the West Bank city of Ramallah.

The army said it was looking into the report.

In the southern West Bank city of Hebron, soldiers wounded dozens of protesters, medical officials said.

They said that one man was seriously injured by a live shot to the chest, while another 29 received lesser wounds from a mixture of live fire and rubber bullets.

The army said that soldiers were attacked by about 300 violent protesters, who rolled burning tyres and threw a petrol bomb and rocks.

“The soldiers responded by firing riot disposal means,” a spokeswoman said, adding that those means included 0.22 calibre rifle fire.

Earlier, about 2 000 people, many waving green Hamas banners marched through the city.

There were similar protests in Ramallah and outside the northern West Bank city of Nablus, while on the outskirts of Bethlehem the Israeli police said that “hundreds” of protesters Ä some masked, others carrying model rockets Ä threw stones and petrol bombs at border police, who dispersed them, also with “riot disposal means.”

There were no reports of serious injuries on either side in that incident.


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