One Pales­tinian, 2 Is­raelis killed in West Bank

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

HE­BRON: An Is­raeli fa­ther and son were shot dead in an ap­par­ent am­bush near He­bron yes­ter­day on a day that also saw three Pales­tini­ans die af­ter be­ing shot by Is­raeli sol­diers. An un­known as­sailant killed the two Is­raelis when he opened fire on a car near the Jewish set­tle­ment of Ot­niel, south of He­bron in the oc­cu­pied West Bank, the army said. An­other two Is­raelis were wounded, hos­pi­tal sources said. “Two Is­raelis were mur­dered... when shots were fired at their ve­hi­cle near He­bron” in a “ter­ror­ist” at­tack, an army state­ment said, adding that the gunman fled the area.

It was the most se­ri­ous at­tack on Is­raelis in nearly a month and sparked a man­hunt, with sol­diers backed by air units de­ploy­ing en masse in the neigh­bour­ing Pales­tinian com­mu­ni­ties of Yatta and As Samou, an AFP jour­nal­ist said. Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu vowed to bring the at­tack­ers to jus­tice. “We will get to th­ese heinous mur­der­ers and we will bring them to jus­tice as we have done in the past,” he said in a state­ment. Is­raeli forces took less than a week to ar­rest the al­leged per­pe­tra­tors of an at­tack that killed two set­tlers on 1 Oc­to­ber and sparked the lat­est wave of violence. Is­rael says they be­longed to a Hamas cell, the Is­lamist move­ment that is a staunch enemy of the Jewish state.

Toll Now Nearly 100 In an un­re­lated in­ci­dent, a Pales­tinian was shot dead dur­ing clashes yes­ter­day with the army in He­bron, Pales­tinian medics said. Has­san al-Bo, 21, died af­ter be­ing hit in the heart by live am­mu­ni­tion, an of­fi­cial at Al-Ahli Hos­pi­tal said. Sol­diers also shot dead a man near the West Bank city of Ra­mal­lah on Fri­day, the Pales­tinian health min­istry said. A state­ment an­nounced “the death of a young man, Lafi Yusuf Awad, 22 years old, from the vil­lage of Bu­drus in the dis­trict of Ra­mal­lah, (killed) by a bul­let from Is­raeli forces”.

Ear­lier, a Pales­tinian teenager in He­bron suc­cumbed to his wounds af­ter be­ing shot by troops a day ear­lier. More than 200 Pales­tini­ans were treated dur­ing clashes on Fri­day, the Pales­tinian Red Cres­cent said, the ma­jor­ity af­ter in­hal­ing tear gas. Violence since the start of Oc­to­ber, in­clud­ing a wave of Pales­tinian knife, gun and car-ram­ming at­tacks, has killed 81 peo­ple on the Pales­tinian side -in­clud­ing one Is­raeli Arab - and 12 Is­raelis.

Many of the Pales­tini­ans killed were al­leged at­tack­ers shot at the scene, while oth­ers died in clashes. The violence was orig­i­nally fo­cused in and around Jerusalem but has re­cently shifted to He­bron and its sur­round­ing ar­eas. The city is a front­line of the con­flict, with 500 Jewish set­tlers liv­ing un­der mil­i­tary pro­tec­tion in the cen­tre of a city of 200,000 Pales­tini­ans. — AFP

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