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January 15, 2018 1:53 pm

Palestinian Man Reportedly Killed in Clash With Israeli Troops in West Bank

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A Palestinian rioter hurls stones toward Israeli troops near the West Bank city of Nablus, Dec. 29, 2017. Photo: Reuters / Mohamad Torokman.

Israeli troops shot dead a 24-year-old Palestinian man in clashes that broke out in the West Bank on Monday, Palestinian health officials said.

The Israeli military said it was checking reports of a Palestinian killed in a village near the West Bank city of Qalqilya, where it said scores of Palestinians threw rocks at soldiers who responded with riot dispersal means and live fire.

Tensions in the region have risen since President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on Dec. 6. Over the past month, there have been frequent clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces in the West Bank and along the Israel-Gaza Strip border.

A total of 18 Palestinians and one Israeli have been killed in the flare-up since Trump’s announcement, though analysts say neither Israel nor the Palestinians are interested in a major escalation.

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