Three Palestinians killed in West Bank violence -medics

by Reuters
Friday, 25 July 2014 13:21 GMT

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RAMALLAH, West Bank, July 25 (Reuters) - Three Palestinians were killed in the occupied West Bank on Friday in shootings involving both Israeli forces and a civilian who appeared to be a Jewish settler, medics and witnesses said.

Witnesses said the person believed to be a settler shot dead one man and wounded three others near the city of Nablus as a protest against the ongoing conflict in Gaza. The victims were walking along a main street used by both Palestinian and settlers.

Clashes between Israeli border police and Palestinian youths throwing petrol bombs and fireworks escalated. A Reuters photographer witnessed the forces shoot and kill another man.

A third Palestinian was killed during separate clashes in Beit Ummar near the flashpoint city of Hebron, medics said.

Israeli forces shot and wounded two protesters and a local journalist approaching a military checkpoint near a settlement beside the West Bank city of Ramallah.

The Israeli army had no immediate comment on the violence.

The clashes follow the killing of a Palestinian north of Jerusalem during a thousands-strong protest which was one of the largest since a Palestinian uprising which ended in 2005.

Palestinian anger fury has mounted after 819 Palestinians - mostly civilians, according to Palestinian medics - have been killed in nearly three weeks of cross-border fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza for which the United States and regional powers urgently seek a truce. (Reporting by Abed Qusini in Hawwara and Ali Sawafta in Ramallah; Writing by Noah Browning Editing by Jeremy Gaunt)

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