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Medics: Settler kills Palestinian protester

Jan. 27, 2011 2:34 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 29, 2011 11:47 A.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- An Israeli settler killed a young Palestinian protester in the northern West Bank on Thursday, officials said.

Medics identified the victim as Uday Maher Qadous, 19. He suffered several gunshots to the chest and died of internal bleeding at Rafidiyeh Hospital in Nablus, they said.

Approximately 70 villagers and other locals had marched out toward the illegal Yitzhar settlement and were protesting when a settler opened fire, a Palestinian Authority official said.

The official, Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settler activity in the northern West Bank, said those responsible for the killing were from the Yitzhar settlement.

Earlier, locals accused settlers of setting fire to a car near Einabus village south of Yitzhar.

Next to the torched car, Daghlas said, the settlers spray-painted in Hebrew "we won't forget the evacuation," referring to the recent dismantling of an illegal settlement outpost not far from Yitzhar, on Jan. 12.

The man's cousin, Omar Qadous, told AFP that the incident occurred as he and Uday were working farmland near their village.

He said one of a group of four settlers standing on a nearby hilltop opened fire, hitting Uday in the chest.

The Israeli military said it had received a complaint saying that a settler had shot a Palestinian in Iraq Burin and passed the information on to police.

The police had no immediate information on the incident.

A settler source in the northern West Bank told AFP he had no knowledge of the incident.

"It would not be the first time that we are blamed when these Arabs murder each other, sometimes because of family honor issues," he said.

The area south of Nablus has seen frequent clashes between settlers and Palestinians, usually in disputes over farm or grazing land that lies between Israeli settlements and Palestinian villages.

AFP contributed to this report.
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