Palestinian shot dead in West Bank clash with IDF — medics
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Palestinian shot dead in West Bank clash with IDF — medics

Army can't confirm death but says live fire used in 'violent riot' in response to 'imminent threat'

Palestinians tend to an injured demonstrator during clashes with Israeli forces in the West Bank village of Beit Furik, east of Nablus on May 12, 2017, after a demonstration following Friday prayers in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails. (Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP)
Palestinians tend to an injured demonstrator during clashes with Israeli forces in the West Bank village of Beit Furik, east of Nablus on May 12, 2017, after a demonstration following Friday prayers in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails. (Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP)

A Palestinian youth was shot dead during clashes with the IDF in the West Bank on Friday, the Palestinian health ministry said.

The man was shot during protests which are held weekly near the village of Nabi Saleh, north of Ramallah, and later died in a nearby hospital, the ministry said in a statement.

The dead man was named as Saba’ Nidal Obaid, 20.

The Israeli army said in a statement to AFP it was “aware of reports” that a protester had been killed but could not confirm it.

“A violent riot involving dozens of Palestinians hurling rocks at (Israeli army) forces broke out earlier today,” a spokeswoman said.

Dispersal means, including firing live ammunition, were used “in response to that imminent threat,” she added.

According to a report in Palestinian news agency Ma’an, more than 30 Palestinians were wounded during clashes between hundreds of Palestinian protesters and IDF forces, most of them from rubber bullets.

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