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Israeli troops kill Palestinian in West Bank raid

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JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian man early Wednesday in the occupied West Bank in clashes that erupted during an arrest, Palestinian officials said.

The Palestinian health ministry said Mohammad Marei, 25, was injured by Israeli gunfire near Jenin during an arrest raid by the Israeli army and later died.

The Israeli military said that while troops arrested two Palestinians in the northern West Bank city, Palestinians “threw explosives at soldiers,” who responded with gunfire. It confirmed that a Palestinian had been shot, but gave no further details on the man’s condition. The army said no troops were injured in the nighttime arrest raids.

Deadly violence in the West Bank has increased in recent months. The Israeli military has conducted near-daily raids after a series of deadly attacks by Palestinians in Israel that killed 19 Israelis, with several assailants from the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

Dozens of Palestinians have been killed in Israeli military attacks. Most of the dead are said to have opened fire on Israeli troops or threw stones or incendiary bombs at them. Among the dead are also two apparent passers-by.

Nearly 500,000 Israeli settlers live in more than 130 settlements across the West Bank, many of which are fully built-up and now resemble suburbs or small towns. Nearly 3 million Palestinians live in the West Bank under Israeli military rule.

Israel captured the West Bank in the 1967 Middle East War and the Palestinians want it to become the most important part of their future state. Israel views the West Bank as the biblical and historical heart of the Jewish people.

The Palestinians and much of the international community view the settlements as a violation of international law and an obstacle to peace, as they absorb and divide the land on which a future Palestinian state would be established.

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