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Israeli settler fatally shoots Palestinian man in West Bank

Israeli forces arrived at the scene of the shooting, where clashes had broken out, only protect groups of armed settlers, witnesses say
A picture from the Palestinian West Bank village of Qarawat Bani Hassan shows the Israeli Jewish-only settlement of Revava (AFP/File photo)

A Jewish settler fatally shot a Palestinian in the occupied West Bank on Saturday, Palestinian officials said. 

A number of Jewish settlers carrying pistols and one with a rifle approached the village of Qarawat Bani Hassan. At least one of the settlers fired a shot, killing a 27-year-old Palestinian identified as Mothqal Rayyan, witnesses told Reuters. 

According to a witness, the Israeli military arrived but only protected the settlers.

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The Israeli military said its soldiers had been dispatched to the scene after clashes erupted between dozens of Palestinians and Israelis. It said the soldiers had responded with riot dispersal measures and shooting into the air, after which the confrontation had ended.

The military said it was aware of reports that a Palestinian was evacuated to hospital before soldiers arrived and was killed as a result of a gunshot wound.

Israeli police told Reuters an inquiry had been opened into the events. 

The West Bank has seen a spike in violence since Israel intensified raids last year.

Also on Saturday, one rocket was fired towards Israel from the Gaza Strip and was intercepted by Israeli aerial defences, causing no damage the military said. Sirens sounded in Israeli border communities, sending Israelis running to bomb shelters. 

Separately, an eight-year-old Israeli was declared dead on Saturday, raising the death toll to three, after a Palestinian driver rammed his car into a group of people at a bus stop on the outskirts of Jerusalem on Friday, Israeli officials said.

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