UN Mideast Envoy Condemns Settler Violence After Palestinian Shot Dead in West Bank

Nikolay Mladenov calls clashes with settlers 'shocking and unacceptable,' tells Israel to 'bring those responsible to justice'

Palestinians protesting against land seizures for Jewish settlements, run to avoid tear gas fired by Israeli troops in the village of Al-Mughayyir, north of Ramallah, January 25, 2019.
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The UN's Mideast envoy is calling the death of a Palestinian in West Bank clashes with Israeli settlers "shocking and unacceptable."

Nikolay Mladenov on Sunday called on Israel to "put an end to settler violence and bring those responsible to justice."

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Hamdi Naasan, 38, was killed Saturday near the village of Al-Mughayyir, close to Ramallah. The Palestinians say settlers shot him. The settlers say a Jewish man was stabbed by Palestinians and they fired in the air while chasing away the attackers.

The Israeli police and military have launched investigations.

The violence came days after Israel charged a Jewish teenager with manslaughter in the death of a Palestinian woman in the West Bank.

Over 400,000 settlers live in the West Bank, which Israel seized in the 1967 war.