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RAMALLAH, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- Three Palestinians, among them two brothers, were killed on Tuesday morning by Israeli soldiers in two separate incidents in West Bank clashes, Palestinian medics and local sources said.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health said in a press statement that 22-year-old Jawad Al-Rimawi and his 21-year-old brother Zafer were killed after being shot by Israeli soldiers near the village of Kafr Ein northwest of the West Bank city of Ramallah.

The two brothers were critically wounded and taken to the Salfit Hospital, the statement said. They then succumbed to their wounds.

In a separate statement, the health ministry said that another Palestinian, Mufid Khalil, was killed by Israeli soldiers during clashes in the village of Beit Ummar north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

The violent clashes broke out after Israeli soldiers stormed the village, wounding nine young men, including Khalil, Palestinian sources and eyewitnesses said.

An Israeli army spokesman said that a military jeep got stuck in Beit Ummar. Dozens of Palestinians arrived at the place and threw stones and explosive devices at the Israeli soldiers, who responded with live fire, he said.

The Israeli military worked to retrieve the broken-down vehicle, the spokesman said, adding that none of its soldiers were wounded in the incident.

Nabil Abu Rudeineh, spokesman for the Palestinian presidency, condemned the killings and urged Israel "to immediately stop its daily crimes against the Palestinians."

"The killings of three Palestinians within a few hours is a major crime for which Israel bears responsibility," he said, adding that "the U.S., which is the sole sponsor of Israel and its crimes, must discipline Israel and stop it from these actions."

Meanwhile, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Ishtaye said that killing the three Palestinians "is a heinous crime and an escalation that portends great dangers."

"The crime reflects the thinking and behavior of the perpetrators... who had not the slightest regard for international laws and regulations," he said in a press statement.

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