Palestinian youth killed during settler assault on West Bank town

Palestinian youth killed during settler assault on West Bank town
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Israeli settlers attacked the occupied West Bank town of Huwar and killed a 19-year-old Palestinian youth.
Huwara has been attacked several times by Israeli settlers in recent months. (Getty Images)

 A 19-year-old Palestinian was killed on Friday by Israeli settlers, Palestinian authorities said. The Israeli settlers converged on the occupied West Bank town of Huwara after reports of an Israeli family being fired upon in their car there.

However, accounts differed whether the victim was shot by an Israeli settler or by soldiers.

The official Palestinian news agency WAFA, citing what it described as local sources, said a group of settlers entered the town and damaged homes and other property. One of the settlers shot the 19-year-old, who died of his wounds in hospital.

The Israeli military said dozens of settlers and townspeople threw rocks at each other. A Palestinian threw a brick at soldiers and they fired in return.

"A hit was identified," the military statement said, meaning a person was struck by the soldiers' gunfire. The statement did not identify the individual.

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On Thursday, a suspected Palestinian gunman shot an Israeli vehicle in Huwara carrying three members of an Israeli family. Israeli security forces tracked him down and killed him. The family was unharmed.

This came hours after two Palestinians and five Israeli soldiers were wounded in separate clashes.

The West Bank, among the territories where Palestinians seek statehood, has experienced a surge of Israeli violence in recent months amid an almost decade-old impasse in U.S.-sponsored peacemaking.

Huwara has been the scene of numerous attacks by Israeli settlers in recent months.