Palestinian shot dead as land clashes rage

Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian teenager in clashes over a disputed strip of land near a Jewish settlement bloc in PLO-ruled Gaza, hospital sources said. In the West Bank town of Hebron, Israeli troops showered with stones and firebombs shot rubber bullets and live ammunition, wounding 26 Arabs as residents observed a general strike called to protest at anti-Muslim posters depicting the Prophet Muhammad as a pig. Palestinian police sources said they feared youths would use policemen as a protective shield, drawing fire in their direction, which could escalate the unrest. "We are not responsible for protecting (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu's policies against our Palestinian people," a source said.

Reuters -Deir al-Balah, Gaza Strip