Palestinian Man Killed in Clashes With Israeli Soldiers in Hebron

Palestinians say Muhammed Zain al-Jabri, 24, was severely handicapped. Israeli army: He was holding firebomb, soldiers responded to immediate threat

A wounded Palestinian is evacuated during clashes with Israeli troops at a protest against Trump's decision on Jerusalem, near the border with Israel in the southern Gaza Strip March 9, 2018.
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A Palestinian man was killed in Hebron and multiple others were wounded in clashes with Israeli forces in the West Bank and Gaza on Friday, the Palestinian Health Ministry said. 

Muhammed Zain Jabri, age 24 from Hebron, was shot by live fire and taken to a nearby hospital where he later succumbed to his wounds, says the ministry. According to eyewitnesses in Hebron, Jabri was handicapped. Palestinian media outlets say Jabri was deaf and mute. 

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The military said that protesters were throwing firebombs at the soldiers, and the man was about to throw a firebomb at the troops before he was shot. The army said the incident will be reviewed.

Dozens of Palestinians protested throughout the West Bank on Friday including in the cities of Hebron, Nablus, Ramllah and in Kfar Kadum. Protests come amid tensions that rose after U.S. President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital. 

Four Palestinians were wounded in clashes with Israeli forces across the West Bank, the ministry said. Two were said to have been moderately wounded, one from live and another from a rubber-coated bullet, were taken to a hospital in Nablus. Two additional wounded from live fire were taken to a hospital in Slafit south. the ministry said.

The Health Ministry in Gaza reported three wounded in clashes by the border with Israel, one severely and two moderately. The clashes took place east of Jabalya refugee camp, north of Gaza City.

In reference to Hamas protests planned to mark Palestinian Nakba Day, head of Hamas' political Bureau Ismail Haniyeh said “We cannot control the tens of thousands of Palestinian citizens in the Gaza Strip who went on marches to the north, east and south in protest of the continued blockade of Gaza."

Hamas’ plan is to set up tents in the areas close to the border fence with Israel along the entire length of the fence to house the tens of thousands of protesters, including women and children. They will then march toward the border fence with Israel on the day of the events.