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Israeli Troops Kill Palestinian at West Bank Checkpoint


Palestinian officials say Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian near a checkpoint in the West Bank Sunday.

They say the Israeli soldiers opened fire on the man's vehicle when it tried to bypass a checkpoint near the city of Nablus. Three other Palestinians in the vehicle were wounded.

Meanwhile, Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh condemned Israel's arrest of Deputy Prime Minister Nasser al-Shaer, a top official of the Hamas organization.

Israeli forces raided Shaer's home in the West Bank early Saturday and took him away for questioning.

An Israeli spokesman says Shaer was detained because he is a member of Hamas, which won Palestinian elections early this year but is considered a terrorist group by Israel, the United States and the European Union.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.
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