Palestinian killed in clashes with Israeli army

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales speaks at the AIPAC conference in Washington DC

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales speaks at the AIPAC conference in Washington DC

A disabled Palestinian young man identified as Mohammad Zain al-Jabari, 24, succumbed to his wounds a few minutes after he was shot with gunfire by Israeli forces in the occupied city of Hebron (Al-Khalil), in southern West Bank, according to the Ministry of Health.

The official Palestinian news agency Wafa said he had disabilities, without further details.

"Troops fired live rounds towards a main instigator who held a firebomb with the intent to hurl it", a spokesman said, adding an investigation had been launched. In December IDF soldiers killed a legless Palestinian man protesting near the Gaza border, Palestinian officials said, causing an worldwide outcry.

Clashes broke out Friday afternoon in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip between Palestinian demonstrators and Israeli soldiers, after calls made by various Palestinian factions.

He explained that five people were wounded in eastern Jabalia, one in eastern Gaza city and four others in Khan Younis.

Since last December, Palestinians have staged frequent demonstrations in the occupied territories to protest U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

The status of Jerusalem, Israel's largest city and Palestine's planned capital, should it achieve sovereignty, has always been a hurdle in the peace process. In February the United States administration announced that it would open its Jerusalem embassy in May 2018 to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Israel's independence.

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said on Friday that the group would not be able to contain the mass protests on the day the USA moves its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

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