Five Palestinians have reportedly been killed in the West Bank – four shot by Israeli troops and the other by a female settler.

Israeli soldiers shot dead three Palestinians in the village of Beit Ummar, near Hebron, medics said.

In a separate shooting, Israeli settlers fired on a group of Palestinians near the northern city of Nablus, killing 18-year-old Khaled Oudeh and wounding four others after they threw stones at their car, security officials said.

The shot was fired by a woman, according to Israeli army radio.

Israeli soldiers arrived at the scene and their gunfire killed a fifth man, 22-year-old Tayyib Oudeh.

An Israeli army spokeswoman confirmed there had been “confrontations” between troops and Palestinians near Nablus “in which settlers were involved”, but gave no further details.

Meanwhile, Israel has said a missing soldier whom Hamas claimed to have abducted was actually killed in battle.

The West Bank deaths came as Israeli riot police charged down skirmishes near the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

Fears of more trouble in the area sparked a lockdown on Friday prayers. Only men aged over-50 are being allowed into Al Aqsa mosque after a massive protest in the West Bank last night resulted in the deaths of two Palestinians…. see more

source: skynews