Is­rael to build tougher fence near He­bron

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD -

JERUSALEM — Three Pales­tini­ans were shot and killed in sep­a­rate clashes with Is­raeli se­cu­rity forces in the West Bank on Thurs­day as Is­rael an­nounced plans to strengthen a fence near the flash­point city of He­bron in an ef­fort to con­tain a twom­onth spate of violence. In the first in­ci­dent, the Is­raeli mil­i­tary said a clash erupted af­ter troops raided the vil­lage of Qat­tana overnight to search for am­mu­ni­tion and ar­rest sus­pected as­sailants. The Pales­tini­ans hurled fire­bombs and stones at troops, ac­cord­ing to the army. Ye­hya Taha, 21, was shot in the head and later died, ac­cord­ing to the Pales­tinian Health Min­istry. Later in the day, Is­raeli border guards shot and killed a Pales­tinian at­tacker wield­ing a knife near the West Bank city of Nablus. Po­lice said the man got out of a taxi near a mil­i­tary post and be­gan run­ning to­ward of­fi­cers, bran­dish­ing a knife. No Is­raelis were hurt in that at­tack. Late Thurs­day, the Pales­tinian Health Min­istry said a 21year-old Pales­tinian was killed in clashes with sol­diers near He­bron in the West Bank. The Is­raeli mil­i­tary said the Pales­tinian was about to throw a fire­bomb at pass­ing traf­fic when sol­diers opened fire. The deaths were the lat­est in a two-month wave of violence. Since mid-Septem­ber, 19 Is­raelis have died in Pales­tinian at­tacks, mostly stab­bings and shoot­ings. At least 94 Pales­tini­ans have also died, in­clud­ing 58 said by Is­rael to be at­tack­ers.

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