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Body of 2nd Palestinian shot in W.Bank clash found: medics

Body of 2nd Palestinian shot in W.Bank clash found: medics

Nablus(Palestinian Territories): The body of a second Palestinian teenager shot in a West Bank clash with Israeli troops was discovered at first light today, Palestinian medical and security officials said.

They named the dead youth as Naji Balbisi, 17, a cousin of 16-year-old Amer Nassar who was also shot dead in the clash at a military roadblock at Tulkarem in the north of the Palestinian territory, the officials said.

The Israeli military confirmed the discovery of a body early today at the site of the previous night's clash, during which, according to a spokesman, Palestinians hurled petrol bombs at the army position and troops fired in response.

"Following further searches and investigations conducted in the area the body of one of the perpetrators was found," the spokesman told AFP.

Nassar's body was taken away by Palestinians during the clash.

The killings come ahead of the funeral later today in the southern West Bank city of Hebron of a Palestinian who died in an Israeli prison on Tuesday.

News of Maisara Abu Hamdiyeh's death provoked widespread Palestinian anger and sparked clashes yesterday in the West Bank - particularly in Hebron - between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians.

Abu Hamdiyeh was diagnosed with throat cancer and died after serving 10 years of a life sentence for attempted murder.

The Palestinian leadership has accused Israel of medical negligence despite moves by the prison service to secure his early release on compassionate grounds.


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