Israel kills four Palestinians in West Bank

One Israeli soldier was killed in Gaza, rising the death toll among Israeli soldiers to 33

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The Israeli army killed four Palestinians on Friday in the West Bank, where thousands of people demonstrated in solidarity with the Gaza Strip, which has been under an intensive Israeli military campaign for 18 days.

In one incident, Hashem Abu Marieh was killed in the Palestinian village of Beit Ummar near the flashpoint southern city of Hebron by Israeli soldiers, medical sources said, AFP reported.

In in another incident, a group of settlers opened fire on protesting Palestinians after they threw stones at their car near the northern West Bank city of Nablus, Palestinian security sources said.

The settler fire killed an 18-year-old Palestinian named as Khaled Oudeh.

Shortly afterwards, Israeli troops arrived at the scene and clashed with the Palestinians, firing live bullets and tear gas, AFP reported.

Israeli army radio reported that a female settler has opened fire in in the incident near Nablus, killing Khaled Oudeh.

The Israeli army fire killed a second Palestinian, 22-year-old Tayyib Oudeh, the security sources said, adding that three other Palestinians were injured by live fire.

An Israeli army spokeswoman had no comment on the incident in Beit Ummar, but said there had been "confrontations" between Israeli troops and Palestinians near Nablus "in which settlers were involved," without giving further details.

In Gaza, a leader of the militant Islamic Jihad group and two of his sons were killed on Friday after Israel struck 30 houses throughout the Gaza Strip.

Salah Abu Hassanain was a leader of the military wing of Islamic Jihad, the second-largest militant group in Gaza after Hamas.
Abu Hassanain and two of his sons were killed in the strike, said Gaza police spokesman Ayman.

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Meanwhile, An Israeli soldier was killed in Gaza on Friday, taking the army's losses in the 18-day operation against Islamist foe Hamas to 33, a statement said.

More than 800 Palestinian civilians were killed in Gaza so far. The death toll among fighters of the Islamist movement Hamas is unknown.

The Israeli army named the dead soldier as reservist Yair Ashkenazy, 36, adding that he "was killed earlier today during operational activity in the northern Gaza Strip."

The army said that 33 soldiers and officers have now been killed in Gaza since the launch of its offensive on July 8.

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