Israeli troops kill Palestinian in West Bank clashes

Israeli troops kill Palestinian in West Bank clashes

Israeli troops kill Palestinian in West Bank clashes

Clashes erupted between Palestinian youth and Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank on Friday amid ongoing demonstrations against the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, according to eyewitnesses. He added that the incident in the city of Hebron would be reviewed.

The ministry said the victim, identified as Mohammed al-Jabari, 24, was shot during clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinian protesters in the southern West Bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron) on Friday.

Israeli media said the army viewed the event as a potential security threat, while authorities were concerned over how to respond if violence erupted with women and children among the protesters.

However, an IDF spokesman said the Palestinians had approached the northern West Bank settlement of Yitzhar and began throwing rocks at the Israeli residents, as well as at IDF troops who arrived at the scene shortly after.

The Palestinian leadership rejected an invitation by the United States to attend a donors meeting on the humanitarian situation in Gaza planned for March 13 at the White House, a Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) official said on Saturday.

Meanwhile, at least four people were wounded in the Gaza Strip on Friday, one of them seriously, in clashes along the border with Israel, the health ministry in the Palestinian enclave said.

At least 31 Palestinians and two Israelis have been killed since Trump's announcement.

US-led peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians broke down in 2014 and a new push by President Donald Trump's administration to restart negotiations has shown little progress so far.

"The new law could make the residency status of Palestinians in East Jerusalem -a protected population under global humanitarian law-even more precarious than it already is today", commented the EU's External Action Service.

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