Conflicts & War

Palestinian killed by Israeli troops during protest

Jerusalem, Apr 1 (EFE).- A Palestinian man died after being shot by Israeli soldiers during a protest Friday in the West Bank city of Hebron.

The Palestinian National Authority health ministry identified the victim as Ahmed Younes al-Atrash, 29, who, according to official Palestinian news agency Wafa, spent six years in Israeli prisons.

Al-Atrash died at a Hebron hospital of bullet-wounds received while “taking part in a weekly protest against Israeli colonization,” Wafa reported.

His death on the eve of the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan brought to 19 the number of fatalities in Israel and the Occupied Territories in political violence over the last 10 days.

Islamic State of Palestine claimed responsibility for attacks in Beersheva, Hadera, and the Tel Aviv suburb of Bnei Brak that left 11 Israelis dead.

Four assailants were also killed.

Two Palestinians died Thursday in an Israeli military operation in Jenin hours before a Palestinian youth stabbed an Israeli on a bus near Bethlehem and was then fatally shot by a civilian who witnessed the assault.

The Israeli army has announced the deployment of additional troops in Israel and on the West Bank.

Ramadan is often the occasion for heightened tensions between Israel and the Palestinians.

Last year, evictions of Palestinians from their homes in East Jerusalem during Ramadan led to disturbances that in turn sparked the eruption of violence between Israel and Palestinian armed factions that left nearly 250 people dead in Gaza and a dozen more in Israel. EFE


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