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Palestinian killed by Israel army fire in West Bank: Ministry

AFP , Thursday 26 Nov 2015
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File Photo: Israeli security forces gather at the scene where a Palestinian man was shot by security forces after reportedly ramming a car into Israeli troops at the Tapuah junction, south of Nablus in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, on November 24, 2015 (Photo: AFP)
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A Palestinian was shot and killed during clashes with Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, the Palestinian health ministry said.

"Yahya Taha, 21, from the village of Qatanna... died after he was shot and wounded in the head during clashes," a ministry statement said, referring to an area northwest of Jerusalem.

The death brings to 95 the number of Palestinians by Israeli forces, including an Arab Israeli. Also 17 Israelis, an American and an Eritrean were killed. More than 800 Palestinians have been arrested over the past two months, Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon told public radio on Thursday.

Attempts to ease the tensions, including a visit by US Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday, have so far proved unsuccessful.

Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip that saw protests as well, has called a day of anger for Friday.

This is the latest incident of Israeli repression to the current wave of Palestinian protests that started in July when toddler Ali Dawabsha was burned to death and three other Palestinians were severely injured after their house in the occupied West Bank was set on fire by Israeli settlers.

Palestinian protests were also triggered by an increase in Jewish visitors to Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque, which is considered the third holiest site in Islam. Palestinians fear that Israel is preparing to allow Jewish prayers in the mosque, which are not currently allowed.

Settlement-building, racial discrimination, confiscation of identity cards, long queues at checkpoints, as well as daily clashes and the desecration of Al-Aqsa mosque, have been Palestinians' daily routine.

The anger of Palestinian residents of Jerusalem has increased in the last three years after the Israeli authorities allowed increasing numbers of Jewish settlers to storm the Al-Aqsa mosque.

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