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Israel kills Palestinian in West Bank
August 20, 2017
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TEL AVIV: A Palestinian was killed by Israeli border guard in the occupied West Bank on Saturday. He was shot dead by the Israeli police, authorities said.

She said the 17-year-old, whose identity was not disclosed, approached a group of border guards and pulled a knife from his bag to attack one of them, and another guard opened fire on him. Though passerby vehemently deny the Israeli claim.

The spokeswoman said one of the border guards suffered a slight leg injury during the incident, but did not say clearly if he had been stabbed by the Palestinian.

Israel’s public radio said the guard was the victim of “friendly fire.” A wave of unrest that broke out in October 2015 has killed more than 294 Palestinians, according to an AFP toll.

Israeli authorities say most of the Palestinians killed were carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks.

Others were shot dead in protests and clashes, while some were killed in Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip.

The violence had greatly subsided in recent months, but tension around the highly sensitive Al-Aqsa mosque in occupied Jerusalem saw a spike in July.

Palestinian security forces on Saturday battled radical gunmen in Lebanon’s largest Palestinian refugee camp near the southern port of Sidon, for the third consecutive day.

The clashes first broke out Thursday when gunmen from the small Badr group opened fire on a position of Palestinian security forces inside Ain al-Hilweh camp, a Palestinian source said.

Two people were killed in that fighting.

An AFP reporter said the clashes eased on Friday before intensifying again on Saturday, forcing dozens of families to flee the camp and seek shelter in Sidon mosques.

The sound of fierce gunfire and rocket fire could be heard outside the camp as black smoke billowed over Ain al-Hilweh, said the reporter.

The fighting shook the Al-Tiri district a few metres (yards) away from a Lebanese army position.

By longstanding convention, the Lebanese army does not enter Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, leaving the factions themselves to handle security.

The group is linked to Bilal Badr, a militant wanted in connection with “terrorism” who has refused to surrender, according to a Lebanese security official.

In April, his supporters also clashed intermittently for a week with Palestinian security forces, in violence that left nine dead and more than 50 wounded.

A joint Palestinian security force, comprising members of the key Fatah and Hamas factions, has for months strived to rein in Badr fighters.

Ain Al-Hilweh − the most densely populated Palestinian camp in Lebanon − is home to some 61,000 Palestinians, including 6,000 who have fled the war in neighbouring Syria. Several armed factions including extremist groups have a foothold in the camp which has been plagued for years by intermittent clashes.

Agence France-Presse
 

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