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Israeli forces fatally shoot Palestinian in northern West Bank

The 20-year-old was killed in the town of Azzoun in the Qalqilya Governorate, says Palestinian health ministry
Israeli soldiers take positions during clashes with Palestinians in the village of Azzoun on 30 April 2022 (AFP/File photo)

Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian youth during an incursion into the northern West Bank town of Azzoun, the Palestinian health ministry said on Saturday.

Ahed Salim, 20, was hit in the chest and belly by live fire just east of Qalqilya, the ministry said in a brief statement, without giving further details.

Since the beginning of 2023, Israeli forces have killed at least 93 Palestinians in what the Palestinian health ministry has described as the deadliest start to a year since 2000. 

Palestinians have killed at least 16 Israelis in the same period.

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Two Israeli women were killed and another left critically wounded in a shooting in the occupied West Bank's Jordan Valley on Friday. 

Following Friday's shooting, Israel Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai called on licensed gun owners to start carrying their weapons.

"This is a murderous attack that reminds us how relevant the threat of hostile activity is," he said at the time.

Israel has bombarded both Gaza and Lebanon in recent days, exchanging rocket fire from Gaza. Late Saturday three rockets were fired at Israel from Syria.

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