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West Bank: Palestinians mourn victim of Israeli shooting

Even as the funeral rites went on Friday, the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) issued a statement insisting that soldiers opened fire after the slain Palestinian and another man started throwing fire bombs at a guard post near the town of Nablus.

But rejecting the army’s version of the event, the Palestinian Authority (pa) administration based in Ramalah said the man had been walking with friends when he was shot dead by the troops.

People at Friday’s funeral, which took place in the village of Salfit, carried Palestinian flags and chanted “Allahu Akbar”, or God is greatest.

Tensions have heightened in the West Bank in recent weeks as Israel considers a plan to annex part of the territory, which Palestinians insist must be an integral part of a future state of their own.

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