Palestinians say Israel troops killed protester in West Bank

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JERUSALEM — A Palestinian man was killed by Israeli fire during clashes Friday between protesters and Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.

The clashes erupted in the northern town of Beita, where residents hold weekly demonstrations against the expansion of an Israeli settlement outpost.

The Palestinian ministry identified the slain man as Mohammed Khebisa, 28. According to the ministry, he suffered a head injury and was pronounced dead at the Nablus hospital. Eight protesters sustained injuries from rubber-coated steel pellets, while dozens more suffered respiratory difficulties due to tear gas.

There was no immediate comment from the Israeli military.

The residents say the expansion of the unauthorized Eviatar outpost threatens their farming land. At least six Palestinians were killed in weekly protests over the last months.

Most of the international community considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank — occupied by Israel in the 1967 war and sought by the Palestinians for a future state — as illegal and an obstruction to peace.

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