World Bulletin/News Desk
Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian man during clashes in the occupied West Bank on Monday, both sides said, as tensions mounted over Israel's military offensive in Gaza.
Israel also detained dozens of Palestinians overnight in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, said activists.
A Palestinian witness said Munir Al-Badarin, 21, and other young men were throwing rocks at soldiers outside the West Bank village of Samoa when they were fired on by another army unit.
"They (the Israeli troops) were hiding and ducking to the ground and when we showed up they rose from their place and began firing at us," the witness, who declined to give his name, told Reuters.
"We escaped and soon we discovered that Munir was missing."
Ambulance driver Abdel-Mua'ez Al-Jarsawi told Reuters he was summoned to Samoa, where soldiers initially held him back as they tried to resuscitate Badarin, who was shot twice in the lower back. Jarsawi said he took Badarin to a nearby Palestinian hospital where the young man died.
An Israeli military source said Badarin was among three masked men spotted throwing rocks and bottles of paint at Israeli cars passing Samoa.
The Palestinian Prisoners Club, which advocates for Palestinians jailed by Israel, said 57 people were detained in the West Bank and East Jerusalem overnight, including 12 Hamas lawmakers. That brought the number of those taken into Israeli custody since last month to 1,071, the organisation said.
The Israeli military confirmed 25 West Bank arrests.
In Gaza, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri called the West Bank arrests "a continued Israeli escalation against our people".Last Mod: 14 Temmuz 2014, 13:41