RAMALLAH, West Bank (NEWSnet/AP) — An Israeli national was found shot to death Saturday in a Palestinian town in West Bank.

The man was pronounced dead in Qalqilya, and Israeli troops are operating in the area the army said. No additional details were made public.

Israeli nationals are prohibited from entering Qalqilya and other areas of West Bank that fall under the under the control of the Palestinian Authority.

Violence has flared in the West Bank since the Israel-Hamas war began in October. At least 549 Palestinians in the territory have been killed by Israeli fire, according to Palestinian Ministry of Health, which tracks the killings. Palestinians in West Bank have killed at least nine Israelis, including five soldiers, according to U.N. data.

Also Saturday, the Health Ministry said a 12-year-old Palestinian boy died from wounds after being shot  last week by Israeli forces in Ramallah.

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