Wednesday, March 13, 2013
JERUSALEM — Israeli troops shot to death a Palestinian man on Tuesday after he and others hurled rocks and firebombs at them in the West Bank, the military said.
The death was the latest in a new uptick in Palestinian casualties in the area, where protests in support of prisoners held in Israeli jails have led to violent clashes between the protesters and Israeli forces. The protests have largely subsided.
An Associated Press photographer said the man was among dozens throwing rocks at Israeli troops near the city of Hebron.
Palestinians have increasingly complained in recent weeks of the use of live fire by Israeli troops. The military says it typically uses non-lethal means such as tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse protests or riots and that it only uses live fire in situations it considers life-threatening.