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Israeli forces kill Palestinian in northern West Bank

Sept. 23, 2011 5:20 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 25, 2011 11:18 A.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Friday killed a Palestinian man and injured five others during clashes in Qusra village in the northern West Bank, medics said.

Issam Kamal Odeh, 33, died after he was shot by two bullets in the neck and shoulders during confrontations following afternoon prayers, medical officials said.

Witnesses said Israeli soldiers raided Qusra, near Nablus, after settlers entered the village.

Palestinian Authority settlement affairs official Ghassan Doughlas told Ma'an clashes erupted when residents of Esh Kodesh settlement raided the village carrying Israeli flags.

Soldiers entered and opened fire, he said, adding that Sadeq Tayseer, 22, was shot in his neck and Jawad al-Shaer in his hand.

The Israeli military said in a statement that soldiers used "riot dispersal means and eventually, live fire" during a "mutual rock hurling incident" between Israeli civilians and Palestinians."

The army and the Palestinian Authority security authority are "jointly investigating" reports that a "rioter" was killed, the statement added.

Meanwhile, settlers attacked Jalud village south of Nablus leading to clashes with locals, residents said. No injuries were reported.

Witnesses said dozens of settlers were pelting rocks at Palestinian cars at Zatara checkpoint near Nablus. They said the checkpoint was briefly closed.

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