Two Palestinians were killed, including a 47-year-old doctor, and 23 were wounded, including a 4-year-old boy, in separate West Bank and Gaza incidents yesterday.
In Hebron Dr. Mussa Safi Kidmat was killed during intense firefights between Palestinian gunmen and IDF troops. According to some reports, he was killed while treating one of the wounded. According to other reports, he was a passerby, killed while walking home.
Shooting in the city began shortly after 1 P.M., apparently at the same time as the funeral of a 32-year-old man from Force 17, who was killed Wednesday night in his car far from any known conflicts between IDF and Palestinian fighters.
According to Palestinian and army sources, the fighting was intense but sporadic throughout the day, coming to an end only around 5 P.M.
Official Palestinian sources said IDF tanks at one point entered a Palestinian-controled area but other reports said the tanks only moved to enter the area and were confronted by armed Palestinians who fired to prevent the tanks from entering.
At least 15 Palestinians were wounded in that confrontation, including 8-year-old Nidal al Amsi, who was seriously wounded by a bullet to his chest.
In the Nur a-Sham refugee camp near Tul Karm, Palestinian sources claimed, IDF troops disguised as Arabs entered the edges of the camp and fired at Islamic Jihad activist Banwar Alian and another man traveling in Alian's car. Both men were wounded. When word of the presence of the undercover troops in the camp spread, a crowd began chasing after the soldiers' car.
A helicopter overhead fired into the crowd to prevent it from stopping the soldiers' car.
Five people were wounded in that incident.
In Gaza, 4-year-old Omar Saduri of Kuntar was seriously wounded by a bullet in his stomach from IDF fire during an exchange with armed Palestinians.
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