Israeli troops kill Palestinian, injure several in West Bank clashes

6e2eisraeli clashes Israeli troops kill Palestinian, injure several in West Bank clashes

The IDF has confirmed that its troops fired several shots atPalestinians who were throwing rocks, claiming that the soldiersfeared a “threat to their lives.”Mahmoud Titi, 22, was fatally wounded in the shooting and laterdied in a hospital. At least eight others were injured in theviolence. According to activists, Titi was a communications andjournalism student and a founder of a youth movement supportingfreed prisoners in Hebron.Titi is the sixth Palestinian killed by Israeli fire in WestBank clashes since the beginning of the year, Palestinian officialssaid.The incident comes a week ahead of a visit to Israel by USPresident Barack Obama, who will attend separate talks with IsraeliPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President MahmoudAbbas.Tensions in the region flared after the death of 30-year-oldPalestinian  Arafat Jaradat, who died in an Israeli prison inFebruary.Jaradat, who was arrested for throwing stones at Israelisecurity forces, died from what Israeli medics identified ascardiac arrest. However, the Palestinians have claimed his bodyshowed signs he was tortured.Following Jaradat’s death, crowds took to the streets in theWest Bank to protest against Israel’s imprisonment and mistreatmentof thousands of Palestinians. On several occasions, the proteststurned violent.Every year, some 700 Palestinian teenagers are arrested,interrogated and detained by Israel, the United Nations ChildrenFund (UNICEF) said in a report released last week. In some cases, theorganization described the treatment of children as “cruel andinhuman.”

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Israeli troops kill Palestinian, injure several in West Bank clashes

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