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Man shot dead during Israeli raid in Nablus

Man shot dead during Israeli raid in Nablus
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A death has been reported on the second day of an Israeli raid in the West Bank city of Nablus. A 60-year-old Palestinian man has been shot dead and his son wounded. The Israeli army says Palestinian gunmen fired on soldiers carrying out searches for militants. It says the troops fired back, killing one suspected militant and lightly wounding another.

However, Palestinian residents say the dead man and his son were among civilians watching the Israeli incursion from rooftops. Some 30,000 residents are under curfew as Israeli soldiers make numerous arrests. The Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh has condemned the raid. He has also said he will meet President Mahmoud Abbas soon to agree on the shape of a unity government between the Hamas and Fatah factions.

Abbas is currently in Cairo as part of a foreign tour to garner support for the new deal. He says he plans to meet the Israeli Prime Minister within two weeks. European leaders have said the unity government must clearly recognise Israel, renounce violence and respect past agreements.

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