Mourners carry the body of 15-year-old Ahmed Saqr, killed in fighting between Palestinian militants and Israeli forces, in the West Bank city of Jenin, Monday, June 19, 2023.(AP)

Palestinian man killed by Israeli troops in renewed clashes in occupied West Bank

The Associated Press

Mourners carry the body of 15-year-old Ahmed Saqr, killed in fighting between Palestinian militants and Israeli forces, in the West Bank city of Jenin, Monday, June 19, 2023.(AP)

Israeli forces killed a Palestinian man in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian health officials said, the latest death in a surge of violence that has wrecked the region.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said late Monday that 21-year-old Zakaria al-Zaoul was shot in the head in the town of Husan, west of Bethlehem. The official Palestinian news agency Wafa reported that he was killed during clashes with the military.

The Israeli military said a suspect threw a firebomb at troops stationed along a West Bank highway near Husan. The troops responded with live fire and confirmed a hit, the army said.

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Israel and the Palestinians have been gripped by months of violence, focused mainly on the West Bank, where at least 126 Palestinians have been killed this year.

Monday saw one of the fiercest days of fighting between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants near the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

At least five Palestinians were killed, including a 15-year-old boy, and over 90 others were wounded, Palestinian health officials said. Eight Israeli soldiers were also wounded, according to the army.

The fighting saw Israel use helicopter gunships in the West Bank for the first time in several years, and Palestinian militants detonated a large roadside bomb under an Israeli armored vehicle.

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