Israeli forces kill young Palestinians in West Bank, health officials say

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RAMALLAH, West Bank, Nov 5 (Reuters) – Israeli soldiers shot dead an 18-year-old Palestinian man in the occupied West Bank on Saturday, health officials said, the latest in a series of deadly incidents in the territory.

The Israeli army said its soldiers opened fire on people throwing stones at Israeli vehicles traveling on a road and that “the shots were confirmed”.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said the teenager was killed and a second Palestinian injured by Israeli fire.

Violence in territories where Palestinians seek statehood has increased in recent months after Israel launched a crackdown in response to a series of deadly street attacks in its towns.

On Thursday, Israeli forces killed four Palestinians in the West Bank and Jerusalem, including an Islamic Jihad militant and a man accused by police of stabbing an officer.

The security situation was among the factors that contributed to far-right gains in Israeli elections on Tuesday that put former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on track to return to power.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken expressed concern over spiraling violence during a call with outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid on Thursday and with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday.

Reporting by Ali Sawafta and Maayan Lubell; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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