Palestinian Killed by Israeli Army Gunfire in West Bank

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ARCHIVE – Clashes in the West Bank village of Kofr Qadom near Nablus October 17, 2014. Credit: Reuters

A Palestinian man was shot and killed Tuesday by Israel Defense Forces gunfire in the Al-Arroub area between Bethlehem and Hebron.

According to the IDF, troops came under threat during clashes in the area and decided to open fire.

The Palestinians reported the youth, 21-year-old Mohammed Amad Jawabra, was hit by a bullet to the chest, which exited through his back. He was rushed to a Hebron hospital, but died of his wounds a short time later.

In another incident Tuesday, a Palestinian sustained serious wounds from IDF gunfire in the South Hebron Hills area.

The IDF said that some 150 Palestinians gathered at Khursa junction and threw stones and firebombs. IDF troops attempted to disperse the protesters with stun and gas grenades at first, but when the Palestinians failed to disperse they opened fire.

In the East Jerusalem neighborhood of A-Ram, an IDF soldier was lightly wounded in clashes with Palestinian stone-throwers.

Due to the increasing number of terrorist incidents in the past month, the IDF has decided to station more troops in the West Bank. The plan is to add two battalions of reinforcements; a third battalion may also be added later.

In light of the recent terror attacks and growing unrest, Israel's security cabinet will convene at 3:00 P.M. Tuesday. The ministers are expected to discuss the escalation in the West Bank, tensions in Jerusalem and protests in the Israeli-Arab sector.

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