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Israeli occupation troops kill Palestinian in West Bank: Medics

AFP , Sunday 29 Jan 2017
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A Palestinian was shot dead Sunday and five others were wounded by Israeli occupation soldiers at the Jenin camp in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian medical sources said.

The person who was killed at the camp located in the northern West Bank was identified as 19-year-old Mohammed Abu Khalifa, the sources said.

The shooting occurred after an incursion into the camp by Israeli forces sparked clashes with young Palestinians, Palestinian security officials said.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said the soldiers had opened fire after entering the camp and being attacked with explosive devices.

"Faced with immediate danger, the soldiers fired at the main instigators of the violence," she told AFP.

None of the soldiers were hurt, she added.

Since the start of October 2015, Israeli occupation forces have killed at least 252 Palestinians. Meanwhile, stabbings, shootings and car-ramming attacks by frustrated and unarmed Palestinians have killed two Americans, a Jordanian, an Eritrean and a Sudanese.

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

The surge in violence has been fuelled by Palestinians' frustration over Israel's 48-year occupation of land they seek for an independent state, and the expansion of settlements in those territories which were captured by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war.

Palestinian leaders say a younger generation sees no hope for the future living under Israeli security restrictions and with a stifled economy. The latest round of U.S.-brokered peace talks collapsed in April 2014.

Israeli authorities have confiscated the bodies of killed Palestinians since the violence began, often keeping them for many months as a means of deterrence and to prevent clashes during funerals.

*The story was edited by Ahram Online.

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