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Young Palestinian man killed by Israeli forces in Bethlehem-area clashes

Feb. 19, 2016 7:18 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 20, 2016 1:19 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- A young Palestinian man was shot and killed by Israeli forces during clashes in the occupied West Bank village of Beit Fajjar on Friday, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said.

The Palestinian Authority ministry said Khaled Yousif Taqatqa, 21, was shot in clashes between the Israeli army and Palestinian protesters in the village south of Bethlehem, and died as a result of his injuries at Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem.

Taqatqa was the third Palestinian killed by Israeli security forces on Friday.

The Palestinian Red Crescent was informed that Taqatqa had been injured, but was prevented by Israeli forces from reaching him on the scene, Red Crescent spokesperson Errab Foqoha told Ma’an.

An Israeli army spokesperson said they were looking into the report.

Many villages in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem participate in weekly Friday protests. Israeli forces have received criticism for excessive use force as well as lethal methods of crowd control that often result in death or injury of protesters during these demonstrations.

At least 11 Palestinians were reported injured by live bullets and rubber-coated steel bullets in protests in the West Bank and Gaza on Friday.

Earlier on Friday, a Palestinian was shot dead in the village of Silwad northeast of Ramallah, after he allegedly attempted to ram into Israeli soldiers with his car during clashes.

Another young Palestinian was killed in occupied East Jerusalem on Friday morning after he stabbed and wounded two Israeli soldiers near Damascus Gate. An al-Jazeera camera crew present on the scene told Ma'an that Israeli officers surrounded the Palestinian and "fired almost 50 bullets" after he had already been shot twice and fallen to the ground.
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