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Palestinian killed by Israel army in West Bank clash

JENIN (AFP) – A Palestinian gunman from the Islamic Jihad militant group was shot dead by Israeli troops during clashes yesterday in Jenin, a flash point in the occupied West Bank hit by waves of recent violence.

Mohammad Marei, 25, died from a bullet wound to the chest, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.

Islamic Jihad, a Palestinian armed group present in the West Bank and the Israeli-blockaded Gaza strip, said in a statement that Marei was one of their fighters and a “martyr” who died while confronting a raid “by occupation forces… in Jenin at dawn on Wednesday”.

The Israeli army said it conducted overnight “counter-terrorism activities” in several West Bank locations.

Relatives mourn during the funeral of Palestinian Mohammad Marei. PHOTO: AFP