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Italian man wounded in West Bank

An Italian man marching in support of Palestinians in the northern West Bank has been shot and seriously wounded by Israeli forces, hospital officials said.

Patrick Corsi, 30, was shot during a peaceful protest in the village of Kufr Qadom, near Nablus, according to Ramallah Hospital director Ahmad Bitawi. He described Mr Corsi's condition as stable.

Village resident Khaldon Ishtawi said Israeli soldiers opened fire on about 400 protesters from 40 metres and shot Mr Corsi in the chest. He said the soldiers fired without provocation.

The Israeli military said it is investigating the incident.

The Israeli military said it opened fire on the demonstrators with low calibre bullets after tear gas and other crowd control measures failed to stop them from burning tyres and throwing rocks.

It said two demonstrators were wounded in the incident and taken to hospital for treatment.

In other violence today, Israeli security forces fired tear gas at several dozen rock-throwing demonstrators at the Qalandiya checkpoint north of Jerusalem following weekly prayers. There were no immediate reports of injuries or arrests.

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