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Palestinian demonstrator hurling rocks at IDF is shot

Israeli army said it thwarted an attack on a highway in the West Bank by a number of suspects

Palestinians clash with Israeli troops in December 2017 

(AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)
Palestinians clash with Israeli troops in December 2017 (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)

Israeli forces have shot and killed a 32-year-old Palestinian man who was hurling rocks at Israeli troops, officials on both sides said.

The Israeli military said it thwarted an attack and opened fire at a number of suspects who were throwing rocks at Israeli vehicles on a highway in central West Bank, near the town of Qaliqilya.

It said one of the suspects was killed while another was wounded and escaped.

Clashes often erupt in the West Bank between Israelis and Palestinians but have dipped considerably since the outbreak of the coronavirus.

In Israel, daily life has largely shut down with more then 1,200 people testing positive for the new virus. One patient has died and 24 are in a serious condition.

In the West Bank, 57 cases have been diagnosed so far, the majority of them in Bethlehem.

The Palestinian prime minister has ordered a lockdown and in Gaza, two cases have been diagnosed in patients who returned from Pakistan.

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