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Israeli policeman guns down Palestinian
July 14, 2016
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GAZA CITY: An Israeli border policeman shot dead one Palestinian and wounded another in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday.

The Palestinians drove towards officers, claimed an army spokeswoman said.

The officers had been carrying out a search operation in Al Ram, northeast of occupied Jerusalem, during which they uncovered an arms workshop, when they spotted the vehicle coming towards them, the spokeswoman said.

One of the border policemen, who “felt in danger,” opened fire, she added.

A third Palestinian in the vehicle was arrested.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health identified the dead as 22-year-old Anwar Al Salaymeh.

The military said the injured Palestinian was taken to hospital and the detained was taken for questioning. It says the military is reviewing the matter.

Israeli security forces have launched a major crackdown on underground arms workshops in the West Bank, closing 16 since the start of the year, a senior army officer said on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, a major crossing point between Gaza and Israel is set to reopen for the first time in nine years, the Israeli government announced on Wednesday.

“The Erez crossing point will again be open to goods entering Gaza” from Thursday, a spokesman for COGAT, the defence ministry body responsible for implementing government policies in the Palestinian territories, said.

“This measure has been taken to facilitate the work of Palestinian importers and thus help the economy of the Gaza Strip,” added the spokesman.

Since 2007 Erez has been restricted to individuals, with goods going through Kerem Shalom in southern Gaza.

Located in the northern Gaza Strip, Erez is nearer to major Israeli cities than Kerem Shalom and could make bringing goods from Israeli port cities such as Ashdod easier.

Israel has imposed a blockade on Gaza for a decade, which it says is necessary to prevent the Hamas movement, which runs the strip, from rebuilding its military forces and positions.

According to the World Bank and the UN, the blockade has killed virtually all exports from Gaza, as well as bringing the economy of the small enclave to the brink.

Around 1.9 million Palestinians live in Gaza, wedged between Egypt, Israel and the Mediterranean.

Agencies

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