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Israeli troops take take position during confrontations with Palestinian protesters in the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem, on May 20, 2021.

HAZEM BADER/AFP/Getty Images

Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian teenager during a clash in the occupied West Bank on Friday, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.

The violence erupted at a protest against Israeli settlements near the city of Nablus, witnesses said.

The Israeli military called it “a violent riot with hundreds of Palestinians”.

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“The rioters burned tyres, hurled rocks and launched fireworks towards (Israeli) troops who were present at the scene, endangering their lives,” said a military spokesperson. “The troops responded with riot dispersal means and fired toward the rioters.”

A 15-year Palestinian was shot and later died of his wounds, the Health Ministry said.

During last month’s fighting over the Palestinian-run Gaza Strip, unrest also flared in the West Bank, and tensions have remained high since.

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