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Palestinian teen shot dead by Israeli forces in Hebron: Ministry

Mohammed al-Haddad, 17, killed while protesting Donald Trump's controversial 'deal of the century'
Palestinian protesters throw stones at an Israeli checkpoint in the centre of the flashpoint city of Hebron in the occupied West Bank (AFP)

A Palestinian teenager was shot dead by Israeli fire during a protest in the occupied West Bank against Donald Trump's "deal of the century" proposals, the Palestinian health ministry said.

"Mohammed al-Haddad, 17, was killed by a bullet that penetrated his heart in clashes with occupation [forces] in the area of Bab al-Zawya in Hebron," according to the ministry.

The Israeli army had no immediate comment on the incident. 

Haddad was pronounced dead at a hospital in Hebron, according to an AFP photographer. 

A small protest had been organised in the city against the US president's controversial plan to address the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.   

Witnesses said approximately a dozen young men had thrown stones towards Israeli forces.

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Trump's proposal, unveiled late last month, was immediately rejected by the Palestinians, who blasted it as blatantly pro-Israeli. 

The plan gives Israel the green light to annex illegal settlements and the Jordan Valley in the West Bank, including within Hebron, where a few hundred Jewish settlers live in the centre of the Palestinian city of around 200,000.

In response, the Palestinian Authority said it would be cutting all ties with the United States and Israel.

"We've informed the Israeli side...that there will be no relations at all with them and the United States including security ties," PA President Mahmoud Abbas said at an extraordinary meeting of the Arab League in Cairo in which he reiterated his “complete” rejection of the plan.

Palestinians later clarified this to mean ties would be severed in the event of annexation. It is likely no such move would happen until after Israel's 2 March election.

The PA has entrenched security ties with Israel, with whom it cooperates to police areas of the West Bank that fall under Palestinian control.

Intelligence sharing agreements the PA has with the CIA could also now be under threat.

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