News ID: 112489
Published: 0755 GMT February 24, 2015

Israeli troops kill Palestinian in West Bank clash

Israeli troops kill Palestinian in West Bank clash

Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian in the West Bank on Tuesday, the military and a Palestinian hospital official said.

Residents of the Deheishe refugee camp in Bethlehem said Israeli soldiers entered the area and opened fire, Reuters said.

A Palestinian hospital official identified the dead man as 20-year-old Jihad al-Jaafari.

The Palestinians want to establish a state in East Jerusalem (Beit-ul-Moqaddas), the West Bank and Gaza, territories Israel occupied in the 1967 Middle East war.

Israel illegally annexed East Beit-ul-Moqaddas in a move unrecognized internationally and in 2005 pulled out of Gaza, now controlled by Hamas and under an Israeli-Egyptian blockade.

The Israeli military remains in charge of the West Bank, allowing the Palestinians limited self-rule in certain areas, including the major urban centers.

US-brokered peace talks between the sides broke down in April. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has since stepped up moves at the United Nations towards Palestinian statehood.


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