Police probe Israeli settlers after Palestinian shot dead in West Bank clash

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A United Nations agency that monitors incidents said earlier this year that an increase in settler violence had occurred alongside a major rise in Palestinian attacks against Israelis, the vast majority of which involved stone-throwing at vehicles.

Mohammad Amireh, a local anti-settlement activist, said that Palestinians performed Friday prayers in their olive groves, south of the village, expressing their condemnation of the killing of a Palestinian farmer by Israeli Jewish settlers in Nablus-district village of Qusra. Two Jewish fathers escorting the hikers were injured.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said the man who was killed, 48-year-old Mahmoud Zael Oudeh, was shot while tending to his land.

An Israeli military spokesperson said the shooting was carried out as self-defense.

The man who opened fire told Ynet that "dozens of Palestinians threw rocks and stones at us, we were in mortal danger and we tried to protect the children". The army said security forces were using riot-dispersal means to try to end the clashes and that one soldier was lightly hurt by a Molotov cocktail thrown by a Palestinian.

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In response, one of the settlers opened fire with his personal gun, fatally wounding a stone thrower.

The Samaria Regional Council said the incident was an attempted lynching in which some 100 Palestinians took part.

Daghlas said the settlers ordered him to move and when he refused, one of them shot him in the chest.

Last year, former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that if Israel maintained its illegal West Bank settlements - and no political solution to the conflict was found - the prospect of a two-state-solution would die.

On the 40th International Day for Solidarity with the Palestinian People, the world remains a mere spectator to Israel's ongoing occupation, frequent land seizures and continued violation of the Palestinians' most basic rights.

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