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Five Palestinians killed in West Bank violence

by Reuters

July 25, 2014 | 10:17 am

<em>A Palestinian kisses the body of Khaled Azmi ,18, whom witnesses said was shot dead by a Jewish settler, in the West Bank town of Hawara near Nablus July 25, 2014. Credit, Abed Omar Qusini/Reuters</em>

A Palestinian kisses the body of Khaled Azmi ,18, whom witnesses said was shot dead by a Jewish settler, in the West Bank town of Hawara near Nablus July 25, 2014. Credit, Abed Omar Qusini/Reuters

Five Palestinians were killed in the West Bank on Friday in shootings involving both Israeli forces and a civilian who appeared to be a Jewish settler, medics and witnesses said.

Three Palestinians were killed during clashes between Israeli forces shooting live bullets and protesters throwing stones near the flashpoint city of Hebron.

In a separate incident near another protest against the ongoing conflict in Gaza, witnesses said a person in a car believed to be a settler shot dead one man and wounded three others near the city of Nablus.

The victims were walking along a main street used by both Palestinians 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.

Israeli forces also 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 police said it was investigating 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 fury has mounted after 822 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. The United States and regional powers are urgently seeking a truce.

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