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Israelis gun down two more Palestinians
February 20, 2016
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TEL AVIV: Israeli security forces shot dead two Palestinians in separate incidents on Friday in occupied Jerusalem and the West Bank, police and the military said, as a wave of heightened violence persisted into its fifth month.

In occupied Jerusalem, police said, a Palestinian man stabbed two police officers outside the walled Old City before they opened fire and killed him.

A few hours later, in the West Bank, a Palestinian man tried to ram his car into a group of Israeli soldiers who then shot him dead, the military said.

Briefing the UN Security Council on Thursday, Nickolay Mladenov, the UN envoy on Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking, said he was concerned the bloodshed may be entering “a new troubling phase.”

Mladenov called on both Israeli and Palestinian leaders to provide “a political horizon to their people” and reject incitement by what he called radicals in their own camps.

Separately, the US said an American citizen was killed in the West Bank.

The Israeli military said two Palestinian teenagers fatally stabbed Tuvya Weisman and wounded another at a supermarket on Thursday.

State Department spokesman Mark Toner said on Friday that Weisman was also a US citizen.

Toner condemned the attack and said terrorism has no justification.

He said the attack underscores the need for Israelis and Palestinians to reject violence, reduce tensions and restore calm.

Medics said they had also treated a 50-year-old woman who had suffered a light wound to her leg, apparently as a result of the shooting, before evacuating her to a hospital in Arab East Jerusalem.

Separately, a bomb attack targeted the home of a leader of a Palestinian Shiite Muslim movement in the Gaza Strip on Friday, causing damage but no injuries, the group and security sources said.

The pre-dawn blast caused extensive damage at the home of Sheikh Hisham Salem, his Al Sabirin group said in a statement.

Al Sabirin, which says it is supported by Iran, accused “the occupier (Israel) and its collaborators.”

Shortly after the explosion, Gazan security forces went to the scene and opened an investigation to find the perpetrators, security sources said.

“We went out and found an explosive device placed near the door of the house,” said a brother of the leader, Issam Salem, who was in the house at the time of the blast.


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