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Palestinian killed in West Bank protest

Israel troops at the separation barrier at Bilin, near Nilin - photo 5 June
The barrier has generated frequent protests by Palestinians

Israeli troops have shot dead a Palestinian man during a protest over the barrier Israel is building through the West Bank, Palestinian sources say.

They say the man, named as Aqel Srour, was hit in the chest by what appeared to have been live fire.

The Israeli army said troops opened fire when protesters threw stones at them, but declined to say whether live ammunition was used.

The protest, the latest in a series, took place near the village of Nilin.

Activists say Israel is taking 25 hectares (62 acres) of land from villagers to erect the barrier, which Israel says it is building for security reasons.

The Israeli army is also replacing the main access road to the village with a tunnel, to be controlled by the military.

Palestinians and their supporters say the plan will, in effect, turn Nilin into a "prison".



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