Israeli settler kills Palestinian during West Bank clashes

Israeli settler kills Palestinian during West Bank clashes

The Israeli is believe to have fired live rounds after his car (pictured) came under attack (Credit: Twitter @UniteWithIsrael)

Thursday, May 18, 2017

A Palestinian has been shot and killed by an Israeli settler during protests in the West Bank, the Palestinian Ministry of Health has confirmed.

The ministry has named the victim as 23-year-old Mutaz Tayeh, from Nablus. He died after being shot in the head.

An Associated Press photographer was also injured in the incident.

Palestinian security sources say the flashpoint took place near a military post south of Nablus, when an Israeli settler tried to pass through a crowd of Palestinian protesters.

It is reported that the settler's car was pelted with stones, prompting him to get out of the car and open fire. Soldiers guarding the scene also reportedly began shooting.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said a "violent riot broke out," adding that soldiers "responded with riot-dispersal means. One of the Israeli citizens whose car was damaged from the rocks fired into the air."

The spokeswoman confirmed that one person was killed and another wounded, but said "from what we understand it is not from [soldiers'] fire."