Protester killed, AP journalist wounded in West Bank clash

Palestinians say that the open-ended strike is in protest against poor conditions in prisons and Israeli policy of detention without trial that has been applied against thousands since the 1980s.

Hundreds of Palestinians in Israeli jails entered the second month of a hunger strike on Wednesday. The only "occupation" of the Palestinians now in force is the 22-year occupation carried out by the PA, headed by Mahmoud Abbas, who is in the 12th year of his four-year term as president.

"The next 48 hours are critical".

The AP, citing video footage, witnesses, and medical officals, reported that a man, whom Israeli media identified as a settler, fatally shot a protester and shot their photographer in the hand after dozens of protesters blocked the road near the Hawara checkpoint. The suspects were wanted for participating in rioting and throwing stones and firebombs that endangered Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers.

Following the shooting, the Israel Defense Forces broke up the mob using non-lethal riot-dispersal methods, according to reports.

He added that numerous 6,000 Palestinians held by Israel are in prisons within Israel and not in the West Bank or in Gaza, a contravention of the International Humanitarian Law; the prisoners' location discourages family visits because of the difficulty in obtaining permits to enter Israel.

The Committee to Protect Journalists has called for the settler's arrest over the killing of the young man.

Earlier in the week the Israeli navy shot a Palestinian fisherman dead off the coast of Gaza as he fished, claiming he posed a security threat. There is no Israeli military governor ruling over them.

However, onlookers said the killing was unnecessary as she could have been physically overpowered.

Furthermore, leaders of the various political factions in Gaza united in the West Bank by holding a press conference and warning of a military confrontation with Israel if any of the hunger-strikers died.

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