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Two attacks near Hebron settlement leave three Palestinians killed, four Israelis wounded

By Bao Yen - March 15, 2016
Section: [Main News]

On Monday morning, three Palestinians were fatally shot by Israeli forces in two separate attacks near an Israeli settlement on the outskirts of Hebron, Ma'an news reported.

Both attacks, a shooting and a car-ramming, took place within minutes apart near the Israeli settlement of Kiriyat Arba.

All three Palestinians responsible for the alleged attacks were shot and killed at the scene by Israeli forces, IDF spokesman Peter Lerner said on Twitter. Four Israeli soldiers were slightly wounded during the incidents.

The first incident occurred as two Palestinians entered Israeli settlement of Kiryat Arba and opened fire at a group of soldiers waiting at a bus station, wounding one of them.

Shortly later, a suspected car-ramming attack took place near the area, wounding an Israeli officer and a soldier. The Palestinian driver was shot dead by Israeli soldiers.

The three Palestinians were later identified as Qasem Farid Jaber and Ameer Fuad al-Junaidi from Hebron, and Yousef Mustafa Tarayra from Bani Naim village, east of Hebron.

Israeli forces reportedly barred a Palestinian medical team from reaching the scene.

Several hours after the attacks, Palestinians living in Hebron said that Israeli forces raided the homes of two Palestinians alleged of carrying out the first attack.

Entry to Bani Naim village, where Tarayra, the Palestinian suspected of the second attack lived, was also briefly closed off.

Israeli defense establishment sources say the two attacks were unrelated.

Since the beginning of the unrest in October 2015, over 190 Palestinians and nearly 30 Israelis have been killed in a series of small-scale attacks, the majority of which were carried out by Palestinians against Israeli military forces and civilians.

The increasing number of attacks has led to heightened security measures by Israeli military forces.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the occupied Palestinian territories (OCHA) documents a weekly average of 90 search and arrest operations by Israeli forces into the West Bank since the start of 2016, in a recently released report.

Several areas across the occupied West Bank have also been closed off in occasions following the attempted attacks.


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