Israeli security forces reportedly shot dead three Palestinians in separate incidents in the West Bank on Thursday. Two Palestinians were said to be shot in clashes with security forces, and another during an attempted stabbing attack.
The Palestinian health ministry said that 19-year-old Mahmoud al-Jawabreh was killed when Israeli security forces fired at him at the al-Aroub refugee camp north of Hebron. According to the ministry, Jawabreh was critically wounded as a result of two shots to the upper body, and he died at the al-Ahli hospital in Hebron shortly afterwards.
According to the IDF, soldiers shot at a Palestinian who was about to throw a firebomb on Route 60 with a Ruger rifle, a 22-caliber rifle that is not generally lethal.
The Palestinian health ministry said earlier that a 21-year-old died in clashes with the Israel Defense Forces in the West Bank town of Qatanna, near Jerusalem.
The IDF said that during a search conducted in the town clashes erupted, in which rocks and fire bombs were hurled at the force. The troops responded with teargas grenades and live fire at a Palestinian that hurled a fire bomb. According to residents, the force didn't provide the shot Palestinian any medical attention, and left him bleeding for dead. According to the army it had uncovered a great deal of ammunition, IDF uniforms and weapons. The army acknowledged there were reports of a Palestinian casualty.
Ministry spokesman Mohammed Awawdeh says Yehya Taha died in a Ramallah hospital of bullet wounds to the head. Palestinian media say Taha died following an army raid of the village of Qattana.
In the third incident on Thursday, Border Police officers shot another Palestinian near Tapuah Junction in the West Bank after he allegedly tried to stab an officer. The assailant succumbed to his wounds, according to the Palestinian health ministry.
Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the incident happened near the city of Nablus. She added that the Palestinian got out of a taxi near a military post and began running toward officers while brandishing a knife.
The Palestinian health ministry identified the assailant as 51-year-old Samir Seresi.
Thursday's violence followed an attack Wednesday in the South Hebron Hills. A Palestinian stabbed an Israeli soldier and was shot dead. The soldier, in his twenties, sustained serious wounds.
Since mid-September, 19 Israelis have died in Palestinian attacks, mostly stabbings and shootings. At least 93 Palestinians have died, including 58 said by Israel to be attackers. The others died in clashes with Israeli forces.
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