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Palestinian Man Killed in Clash between Settlers and Israeli troops

According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, a Palestinian man was killed, and many other wounded during an encounter with Israeli soldiers in al-Mugheir village, northeast of Ramallah.

Hamdi Naasan, 38, was shot in the back, and he succumbed to his injuries at a local hospital. The deceased is survived by a wife and four children.

The head of the Mugheir village council, Amin Abu Alya, told the authorities that settlers started firing before the Israeli troops entered.

“Initially, it was the locals shooting, later, the army moved in and opened tear gas,” he told AFP news agency.

An Israeli military official confirmed that the villagers used live ammunition during the clash.

Over 30 settlers were also wounded during the armed clash, as reported by the Palestinian Red Crescent. It said that the rescue work has already started to evacuate the injured villagers.

The local media has claimed that clashes instigated after Jewish settlers, allegedly, tried to invade the village under the backing of Israeli soldiers.

The office of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said its disquieted at the settler attack.

“This [attack] reaffirms that the Israeli government is continuing its policy of escalation,” the statement, carried by Wafa News Agency, said.

“This will lead to serious consequences, further tension and the creation of a dangerous and uncontrollable atmosphere.”

Approximately, 750,000 Israelis dwell in numerous illegal Jewish colonies built on Palestinian land of occupied East Jerusalem, West Bank and Gaza.

The settlement within and around the Palestinian towns and villages results in almost daily clash between the communities.

Israel has been continuously widening out its settlements in the occupied territories, which is not going well with the Palestinian leadership. In their view, it a theft of their land, causing a major hindrance in peace efforts.

The international law considers West Bank and East Jerusalem as occupied territorial dominion, and claims the entire Jewish settlements on the land to be unlawful.

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