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Palestinian man shot dead by Israeli forces in the West Bank

27-year-old Mohammed Ali Khabisa was killed on the sidelines of an anti-settlement protest
Palestinian protesters confront Israeli security forces following a demonstration against settlements in the West Bank village of Beita, on September 24, 2021 (AFP)

Israeli security forces have shot dead a Palestinian man in the West Bank during a protest against settlement expansion, the Palestinian health ministry said.

The victim was killed after being hit in the head by live fire on Friday, the ministry said, in the flashpoint town of Beita, a scene of regular demonstrations against Israeli settlement expansion.

A family member identified the dead man as Mohammed Ali Khabisa, 27.

He was taken to hospital in the northern West Bank city of Nablus where he died shortly afterward, the ministry said.

Another eight Palestinians were wounded by rubber-coated bullets, the official Palestinian news agency Wafa reported.

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The Israeli military had no immediate comment when contacted by AFP.

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Beita residents have been demonstrating since May against the wildcat Jewish settlement outpost of Eviatar, which has been set up nearby without Israeli permission. 

The outpost was evacuated in early July but Israeli army troops remain stationed there while authorities deliberate on its fate.

If the settlement is approved, its founders will be allowed to take up residence more permanently.

Beita's residents have vowed to continue their campaign until the army also leaves the outpost.

Several protesters have been killed and hundreds wounded in clashes with the Israeli security forces since May.

Israel occupied the West Bank during the 1967 war and all Jewish settlements in the territory are considered illegal by most of the international community.

Almost half a million people live in Israeli settlements in the West Bank, alongside 2.8 million Palestinians.

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