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Israeli police have killed an Arab Israeli man during clashes with stone-throwing Bedouin protesters in the southern Negev region, sparking anger with the Arab communities in the area, an Arab Israeli lawmaker said.
"We, the Palestinians in Negev, have lost another man. This is another sign that the Israeli police are dealing recklessly when it comes to our lives," MP Taleb el-Sana told The Anadolu Agency.
According to al-Sana, Sami al-Jaar, 20, was killed late Wednesday during clashes between Arab protesters and Israeli police in the Negev city of Rahat.
"They could have captured him rather of killing him. Now, the whole Negev is boiling with anger," he added.
In a statement, the Israeli police said that two policemen were injured in clashes with stone-throwing individuals in Rahat, asserting that its personnel were in the city to pursue criminals.
Israel refers to Palestinians who remained in their homes and cities after the creation of Israel in 1948 as "Arab Israelis."
There are around 1.6 million Arabs in Israel, accounting for around 20 percent of the country's population, according to official Israeli figures.
Claiming that most land in the Negev Desert is "state property," the self-proclaimed Jewish state has repeatedly demolished Bedouin homes in the area.
Meanwhile, Israeli police on Wednesday started an investigation into the killing of a Palestinian man in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, the Israeli army has said.
It added in a statement that the Palestinian man was killed in Gush Etzion, a cluster of Israeli villages southern the West Bank.
The army did not mention further details about the event. An army source, however, told Israel army radio earlier that an army patrol had killed the Palestinian man as he tried to steal the car of an Israeli settler.
The source added that another Palestinian man was detained at the same site and referred to interrogation.
The Israeli army detained nine Palestinians in overnight raids across the occupied West Bank, Palestinian security sources and an NGO said Tuesday.
Israeli army forces conducted raids in the northern West Bank city of Jenin, where they arrested five Palestinians after searching homes, the sources told The Anadolu Agency.
The raids sparked clashes between Israeli troops and Palestinian youths, in which the latter threw stones and empty bottles at soldiers, who responded with teargas, live ammunition and rubber bullets.
At least one Palestinian sustained gunshot injuries, the sources added.
The Palestinian Prisoners Society, an NGO, said the Israeli army had detained two Palestinians in Beit Ummar village in the northern Hebron province.
Two other Palestinians were detained in the northern Nablus province, the NGO added.
Israeli forces routinely launch arrest campaigns against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank on the pretext that they are "wanted" by the Israeli authorities.
Over 7,000 Palestinians are currently languishing in prisons throughout Israel, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs.
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