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Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian teen during West Bank protest, Palestinian ministry says

Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian teen during West Bank protest, Palestinian ministry says
epa08285461 Palestinian protesters watch Israeli troops during clashes at Beta village near the West Bank city of Nablus, 11 March 2020. According to media reports, 20 Palestinians were wounded, three of them critically, during the clashes. Palestinian sources reported that Israeli settlers were provided military protection as they tried to chase Palestinians out of the area. EPA-EFE/ALAA BADARNEH

RAMALLAH, West Bank, March 11 (Reuters) - Israeli troops killed a Palestinian teenager in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday during a protest against feared Israeli land confiscation, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.

The Israeli military had no immediate comment.

A Reuters cameraman at the scene said protesters threw rocks at soldiers, who opened fire and shot tear gas canisters while trying to clear them from a hilltop near the Israeli settlement of Itamar.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said one youth, aged 15, was killed by a live bullet, and another 18 protesters were wounded by rubber-coated metal bullets fired by the troops.

Palestinians and much of the world view settlements that Israel has built in territory captured in the 1967 Middle East war as illegal. Israel disputes this. (Reporting by Ali Sawafta Writing by Jeffrey Heller)

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