Israel troops shoot dead Palestinian in West Bank

NABLUS, Palestinian Territories - Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian near the city of Jenin in the northern West Bank on Wednesday in clashes following an arrest raid, medical and security sources said.

Mohammed Alawneh, 22, was killed in clashes that followed the raid by Israeli soldiers in the village of Birqin, west of Jenin, the Palestinian sources said.

Alawneh was shot in the chest and died shortly after arriving at hospital in Jenin, the medical source said.

The army had no immediate comment on the incident.

It came after weeks of low-level violence in the occupied Palestinian territories, and amid regular Israeli arrests in the West Bank.

Last month, soldiers shot dead a Palestinian who opened fire at troops at a checkpoint in the Jordan Valley during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

Also in June, a Palestinian stabbed an Israeli policeman in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem's Old City, before being shot and wounded.

Last week, Israel arrested five Palestinians suspected of involvement in the murder of an Israeli who was shot in his car in the occupied West Bank.

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