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Palestinian teenager shot dead by West Bank security forces during 'violent clashes'

Clashes broke out in Qabatiya near Jenin. [Getty]

Date of publication: 19 February, 2020

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Salah Zakareneh, 17, was shot dead during violent clashes with Palestinian Authority security forces.

A Palestinian teenager died on Wednesday from wounds sustained during clashes with Palestinian Authority security forces in the occupied West Bank, the health ministry said.

Salah Zakareneh, 17, was shot during a "violent clash" with Palestinian "security forces and armed men in the Qabatiya area" late on Tuesday, the ministry said in a statement.

According to Palestinian news website Maan, Zakareneh was shot in the chest.

Three people, one of them a member of the Palestinian security forces, were wounded in the clashes, according to a security source cited by Maan.

The violence reportedly erupted during celebrations following the release of a prisoner from an Israeli jail.

Earlier in February Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced he was cutting all ties with Israel and the United States, including security cooperation, after Washington unveiled a controversial Middle East plan seen as favouring Israel.

Security coordination between Israeli and Palestinian security forces is highly contentious and widely unpopular among the Palestinian public.

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