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US News Palestinian killed in clashes as tensions rise over US plan

06:50  06 february  2020
06:50  06 february  2020 Source:   bostonglobe.com

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JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli forces shot and killed a 17-year-old Palestinian during clashes with demonstrators in the West Bank on Wednesday, the first death since tensions rose following the release of President Donald Trump's Mideast plan , according to Palestinian officials.

Palestinian officials say Israeli forces have shot and killed a 17-year-old Palestinian during clashes with demonstrators in the West Bank city of Hebron. In the 1948 war surrounding Israel's creation, Egyptian forces took control of the Gaza Strip and Jordan took over the West Bank and east Jerusalem.

A Palestinian womean holds a placards with a defaced portrait of US President Donald Trump  during a demonstration by women supporters of the Hamas movement against, the US Middle East peace plan, in Gaza City on February 5, 2020. (Photo by Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP) (Photo by EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP via Getty Images) A Palestinian womean holds a placards with a defaced portrait of US President Donald Trump during a demonstration by women supporters of the Hamas movement against, the US Middle East peace plan, in Gaza City on February 5, 2020. (Photo by Emmanuel DUNAND / AFP) (Photo by EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP via Getty Images)

JERUSALEM— Israeli forces shot and killed 17-year-old Palestinian Mohammed al-Haddad during clashes with demonstrators in the West Bank on Wednesday, the first death since tensions rose following the release of President Trump’s Mideast plan, according to Palestinian officials.

The shooting came hours after Israel struck Hamas militant targets in Gaza in response to rocket fire aimed atIsraeli communities overnight.

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Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian teenager during clashes Wednesday in the occupied West Bank, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Meanwhile, the Israeli military said it targeted a Hamas weapons manufacturing site in Gaza. The exchange comes amid a rise in cross-border rocket

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The teenager was killed in Hebron, where a few hundred hard-line Jewish settlers live in a heavily guarded enclave in the heart of a Palestinian city. Relatively small protests have broken out across the occupied West Bank since the Trump plan was unveiled last week, with demonstrators often throwing stones and firebombs at Israeli forces.

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The Palestinian health ministry said al-Haddad was shot in the chest and succumbed to his wounds after being taken to a hospital.

The Israeli military said troops fired at a Palestinian who had thrown a firebomb at them. It said dozens of Palestinians have taken part in “violent riots” in Hebron in recent days.

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JERUSALEM: Israeli forces shot and killed a 17-year-old Palestinian during clashes with demonstrators in the West Bank on Wednesday, the first death since tensions rose following the release of President Donald Trump’s Mideast plan , according to Palestinian officials.

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The Palestinians have roundly rejected Trump’s Mideast proposal, which offers them limited self-rule in scattered chunks of territory with a capital on the outskirts of Jerusalem while allowing Israel to annex large parts of the West Bank. Protesters have burned US and Israeli flags as well as posters of Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The Israeli military has said a soldier was lightly wounded by a firebomb at one protest. It says it has instructed troops to “contain” the protests and not respond forcefully, concerned that Palestinian casualties would set off further violence.

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In Gaza, the military said it targeted a Hamas weapons manufacturing site. There were no reports of casualties. The exchange comes amid an uptick in cross-border rocket and ‘‘explosive balloon’’ launches from the Hamas-controlled territory.

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At least seven Palestinian protesters have been killed after Israeli soldiers opened fire on them near a Gaza border fence, Palestinian sources said. The clash occurred on Friday after hundreds of masked youths threw rocks and rolled burning tyres near the no-go security zone set up by Israel.

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The Gaza Strip has been relatively calm in recent months as part of an informal truce between its Hamas rulers and Israel, but tension has increased since Trump unveiled his plan, which heavily favors Israel, last week.

Under the plan, Israel would be allowed to annex all Jewish settlements in the West Bank, as well as the strategic Jordan Valley. The Palestinians were offered limited self-rule in Gaza, parts of the West Bank and some sparsely populated areas of Israel in return for meeting a long list of conditions. The Palestinians, as well as much of the international community, view the settlements in the West Bank and annexed east Jerusalem — territories seized by Israel in the 1967 war — as illegal and a major obstacle to peace.

RAFAH, GAZA - FEBRUARY 05: Women demonstrators attend a demonstration, organized by Hamas Women's Branch to protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's so-called Middle East peace plan, in Rafah, Gaza on February 05, 2020. (Photo by Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) © 2020 Anadolu Agency RAFAH, GAZA - FEBRUARY 05: Women demonstrators attend a demonstration, organized by Hamas Women's Branch to protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's so-called Middle East peace plan, in Rafah, Gaza on February 05, 2020. (Photo by Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Hamas had recently curbed rocket fire from Gaza and rolled back weekly protests along the frontier that had often turned violent. In return, Israel eased the blockade it imposed with Egypt on Gaza after the Islamic militant group seized power from forces loyal to the Palestinian Authority in 2007.

Hamas rejected the Trump plan and vowed that “all options are open” in responding to the proposal, but the group is not believed to be seeking another war with Israel.

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