Palestinian official says Italian man seriously wounded during protest in West Bank

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FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014 file photo, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, speaks with with Cyprus' Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides during their meeting in Nicosia, Cyprus. In a manifesto of his Yisrael Beitenu party published Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, Avigdor Lieberman says he favors ceding Arab majority areas in northern Israel to a future Palestinian state and providing economic incentives for Arab-Israelis — about 20 per cent of Israel's population — to encourage them to emigrate. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias, File)


JERUSALEM — A Palestinian hospital official says an Italian man marching in support of Palestinians in the northern West Bank has been shot and seriously wounded by Israeli forces.

Ramallah Hospital director Ahmad Bitawi says 30-year-old Patrick Corsi was shot during a peaceful protest Friday in the village of Kufr Qadom, near Nablus. He described Corsi's condition as stable.

Village resident Khaldon Ishtawi said Israeli soldiers opened fire on about 400 protesters from a distance of about 40 meters and shot Corsi in the chest.

He said the soldiers fired without provocation.

The Israeli military said it was investigating the incident.

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