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Israeli Troops Kill Alleged Palestinian Firebomber

Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian man as he was allegedly preparing to throw a firebomb at soldiers in the West Bank, the third such death in the past three days.

Medics and witnesses say the 20-year-old was shot earlier Thursday by an Israeli army patrol in the village of Kufr Malik. The Israeli military says forces opened fire on a group of three men with firebombs after they ignored warning shots.

One other man was reported wounded.

Hospital sources say another suspected Palestinian firebomber was fatally wounded in Ramallah during clashes late Wednesday. The man was protesting the killing of another Palestinian man a day earlier. They say the 21-year-old man was shot in the chest at the heavily guarded Jewish settlement of Beit El, and later died of his wounds.

An Israeli military spokesman said troops shot at a protester who was preparing to throw a firebomb at them.

The incident took place following the funeral of an 18-year-old Palestinian man killed by Israeli troops late Tuesday as he was preparing to throw a firebomb into a Jewish settlement.

A military statement said Israeli soldiers found another 10 firebombs at the scene.

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