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1 killed in clashes in occupied territories

Israeli troops shot dead one Palestinian and wounded 62 in clashes in Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip on Saturday, Palestinian sources and Israeli authorities said.

Most of the casualties were in the Gaza Strip where hospital officials said at least 50 Palestinians were wounded.

The clashes occurred during demonstrations in support of thousands of Palestinian prisoners staging a 14-day-old hunger strike that has unleashed a new wave of unrest in the occupied territories.

In Beita, a West Bank village near Nablus, Ami Ahmed Hamayel, 23, was shot dead and two other men were wounded in clashes between villagers and troops, Palestinian sources said.

Military sources said the men were shot after they threw stones at an army force and ignored orders to halt.

In one incident in Gaza, 24 Arabs were shot and wounded when troops clashed with hundreds of demonstrators near Red Cross offices in Gaza City and later when troops used force to halt some 1,000 people marching from the offices, Palestinians said.

Since a Palestinian revolt against Israeli occupation began in December 1987, Israelis have killed 937 Palestinians. Palestinians have killed 97 Israelis.

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