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Israeli forces use live fire during clashes in hometown of Palestinian killed by settler

Dec. 1, 2017 2:47 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 4, 2017 2:55 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- A day after a Palestinian farmer from the village of Qusra was shot dead by Israeli settlers, Israeli forces fired live ammunition, tear gas, and rubber-coated steel bullets at locals in the village after Friday prayers.

Clashes erupted between Palestinians in the village, located southeast of Nablus in the northern occupied West Bank, following Friday prayers that were held at the site where Mahmoud Odeh, 48, was shot dead by an Israeli settler on Thursday.

A local official told Ma’an that Israeli soldiers fired dozens of tear gas, live ammunition and rubber-coated steel bullets at locals, causing many to suffer from severe tear-gas inhalation.

Witnesses told Ma’an that the clashes carried on from the eastern part of the village to its main entrance, where dozens of Israeli soldiers were deployed.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an they were aware of the Friday prayers that took place near the site of Odeh’s murder, but that “nothing unusual” took place in the village, regarding clashes.

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