Two West Bank Palestinians shot dead by Israelis: ministry

Two West Bank Palestinians shot dead by Israelis: ministry
Israeli violence has claimed the lives of two young Palestinians on Friday.This is the latest surge of hostilities against the Palestinians population in the occupied West Bank.
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Mourners react during the funeral of Mahmoud Abu Saan, a Palestinian teenager shot dead by Israeli forces. (Photo by JAAFAR ASHTIYEH/AFP via Getty Images)

Two Palestinians in the occupied West Bank were shot by Israelis on Friday, one by soldiers and the other by settlers, the Palestinian health ministry said.

Late Friday it announced the death of Qusai Jamal Maatan, 19, saying he was "shot dead by settlers in the village of Burqa", east of Ramallah.

There was no immediate comment from the Israeli military.

Earlier, soldiers had shot dead another young Palestinian.

In a statement, the Palestinian health ministry said 18-year-old Mahmoud Abu Saan was "killed this morning by live bullets from the occupation (Israel) in Tulkarm".

The Israeli army said that while forces were patrolling "suspects fired and hurled explosives and stones at the soldiers, who responded with live fire".

"Hits were identified," the statement added, specifying that no soldiers were hurt.

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The official Palestinian news agency, Wafa, reported that Abu Saan was "shot in the head by the occupation soldiers at zero distance".

At Abu Saan's funeral later Friday, his head was shrouded in the Palestinian flag as his body was paraded through the town's streets ahead of the burial, an AFP photographer said.

Israel has occupied the West Bank since the 1967 Six-Day War and its forces regularly conduct armed incursions into areas of the territory which are nominally under the control of the Palestinian Authority.

Excluding annexed east Jerusalem, the territory is home to nearly three million Palestinians and around 490,000 Israelis who live in settlements considered illegal under international law.