RAMALLAH, West Bank - Three Palestinians were shot dead in the West Bank on Friday in separate incidents involving both the Israeli army and a civilian who appeared to be a Jewish settler, Palestinian medics and witnesses said.



Witnesses said one man was shot dead by an apparent settler near the city of Nablus, with another killed shortly after during clashes with the military. A third Palestinian was killed in Beit Ummar near the flashpoint city of Hebron, medics said.

The Israeli army had no immediate comment on the violence that coincided with rising tensions tied to the bloody, 18-day-old conflict between Israel and Palestinian militants in the nearby Gaza Strip.

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