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Palestinian killed in the West Bank, 3 injured in Israel

Arab-Israel Relations Materials 8 January 2011 20:09
A 24-year-old Palestinian was killed Saturday in a checkpoint near the West Bank city of Nablus, while three foreign workers were injured in southern Israel by a mortar shell launched from the Gaza Strip, the Israeli Army reported.
Palestinian killed in the West Bank, 3 injured in Israel

A 24-year-old Palestinian was killed Saturday in a checkpoint near the West Bank city of Nablus, while three foreign workers were injured in southern Israel by a mortar shell launched from the Gaza Strip, the Israeli Army reported.

Israeli soldiers manning the al-Hamra checkpoint near Nablus opened fire against a young Palestinian who ran toward them shouting "Allahu Akbar," which means "God is great" in Arabic, dpa reported.

The young Palestinian was critically wounded and died later, medical sources said.

He is the second Palestinian killed at the same checkpoint in recent days. Another 21-year-old Palestinian was shot dead last week without clear reason.

Later Saturday, three Thai workers at the southern Israeli kibbutz of Shahar Hanegev sustained moderate to serious injuries from a mortar shell launched from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. Two of them needed medical treatment.

Three mortar shells landed Saturday in this area while a fourth rocket landed in the nearby town of Eshkol, the Israeli Army said.

"We will respond to any terror action coming from Gaza," the sources said.

Meanwhile, the Southern Command chief of the Israeli Army, Tal Russo, told Israeli media that the "army is currently handling the event on the operational level."

Those behind the attack "shall be dealt with," Russo said.

The incidents Saturday comes as tensions escalate between Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

A Palestinian resident of the southern West Bank city of Hebron was killed early Friday during an Israeli army raid on the city. The soldiers entered the house and killed him in his bed and arrested another five Hamas members, security and medical sources said.

The launching of several homemade rockets from the Gaza Strip was answered by the Israeli Army with three airstrikes late Thursday in southern, central and northern Gaza Strip.

Israeli F-16 warplanes carried out the strikes, causing damages to nearby houses, but no casualties, in the attacks.

Two Palestinians were killed Wednesday by a shell fired from an Israeli army tank as they approached the border between the northern Gaza Strip and Israel.

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