A 19-year-old Palestinian man has been killed in overnight violence with Israeli settlers in a flashpoint town in the occupied West Bank.

Dozens of settlers, including a far-right MP, had entered Huwara following a shooting attack on an Israeli family, in which nobody was hurt.

Israeli forces said they later killed the suspected Palestinian gunman.

Tensions have been running high in the northern West Bank approaching the end of the Jewish Sukkot holiday.

The Palestinian town of Huwara lies on the main road, Route 60, running through the north to south of the West Bank, which is used by Palestinians and Jewish settlers.

In recent months, it has seen a number of shootings on Israelis and revenge attacks by settlers who live nearby.

Early yesterday, the ultranationalist finance minister Bezalel Smotrich visited the town with settler leaders and a member of his political party, Zvi Sukkot, who was present during the previous night’s events.

After yesterday’s prayers in Huwara, a large crowd carrying Palestinian flags gathered for the funeral of Labib Dumeidi, the young Palestinian who was killed.

There were protests after the funeral, with Palestinian medics saying more than 50 people were injured in clashes with Israeli forces, including three by live gunfire.

Credit: BBC