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Palestinian killed by Israeli fire in West Bank confrontations

By AFP - Feb 05,2020 - Last updated at Feb 05,2020

Young Palestinian girls hold petitions with a map of British mandate Palestine (left) and a current map of the Palestinian territories without Israeli-annexed areas and settlements, as they take part in a demonstration against the US plan for Middle East, in Gaza City on Wednesday (AFP photo)

HEBRON, Palestinian Territories — A Palestinian teenager was killed by Israeli fire during a protest in the southern West Bank on Wednesday, 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.

Israeli forces 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 US President Donald Trump's controversial plan to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 

Trump's peace 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 settlements 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.

Also on Wednesday, Israeli aircraft struck Hamas positions in Gaza, the occupation forces said, after Palestinians in the enclave allegedly launched projectiles and explosive balloons at Israel.

Israel later restricted Gaza fishing activity, a frequently used sanction against the coastal Palestinian territory. 

There were no immediate reports from Gaza of casualties.

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