Two Is­raelis, one Pales­tinian shot dead in on­go­ing violence

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JERUSALEM and HE­BRON: A Pales­tinian gunman killed two Is­raelis in the southern West Bank yes­ter­day, the mil­i­tary said, while in the nearby city of He­bron Is­raeli troops shot dead a Pales­tinian in­volved in stonethrow­ing clashes, medics said.

The gunman opened fire on a fam­ily trav­el­ling near the Jewish set­tle­ment of Ot­neil, which is close to He­bron.

Is­rael’s Chan­nel 2 said a Pales­tinian ve­hi­cle over­took two Is­raeli cars on a main road and fired at the first, in which a man in his for­ties and an 18-year-old youth, thought to be his son, were killed. One of three other pas­sen­gers in the ve­hi­cle was lightly hurt.

The army said the gunman had es­caped and that a search was un­der way.

Is­raeli prime min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu sent con­do­lences and said: “We will reach the de­spi­ca­ble mur­der­ers and we will bring them to jus­tice, as we have in the past.”

But Is­lamist mil­i­tant groups Hamas and Is­lamic Ji­had praised the at­tack as a “nat­u­ral re­sponse to crimes con­ducted by the Is­raeli oc­cu­pa­tion”.

There has been a wave of at­tacks by Pales­tini­ans since Oc­to­ber 1, with at least 14 Is­raelis killed in stab­bings, shoot­ings and other at­tacks. At least 75 Pales­tini­ans have been shot dead by Is­raeli forces, in­clud­ing 45 peo­ple who were car­ry­ing out or about to carry out at­tacks.

In He­bron, Is­raeli forces shot dead a Pales­tinian dur­ing stone- throw­ing that erupted dur­ing a fu­neral for an­other Pales­tinian who had died of wounds overnight fol­low­ing clashes at a fu­neral on Thurs­day, Pales­tinian medics said. – Reuters

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