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ISRAELI TROOPS KILL ACTIVIST WHO READ STATEMENT

Israeli troops shot dead a masked Palestinian activist who had just read a nationalist statement over a loudspeaker in the occupied West Bank Wednesday, Palestinian sources said.

At least six others, including a 3-year-old child, were wounded in the incident, Palestinians said.An army spokeswoman confirmed the killing. She said paramilitary border police opened fire on several masked activists as they fled in the northern West Bank village of Yabad because they refused orders to halt.

Palestinian sources said the troops opened fire without warning after the activists read a leaflet written by leaders of the nearly five-year-old uprising against Israel to villagers over a loudspeaker.

A three-year-old child and at least five other villagers were shot and wounded, Palestinians said.