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Palestinian fires on Israeli troops before being shot

AFP , Friday 26 Jun 2015
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A Palestinian opened fire on Israeli troops at a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank on Friday without causing any casualties before being shot and wounded, the army said.

The exchange of fire happened at the Bekaot checkpoint in the Jordan Valley on the second Friday of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

"A Palestinian vehicle reached the Bekaot checkpoint, the person in the car fired at soldiers," who "responded and identified a hit," an army statement said.

The army said it did not know the extent of the gunman's injuries.

There has been sporadic violence in the Palestinian territories during Ramadan.

On Sunday, a Palestinian from the West Bank stabbed an Israeli policeman near Jerusalem's Old City before being shot. Both were seriously wounded. In response, Israel revoked entry permits to residents of the knife man's village.

On Tuesday, a rocket from the Gaza Strip hit southern Israel. In response, Israel revoked permits for 500 Gazans to enter Jerusalem for Ramadan prayers.

*The Story was edited by Ahram online.

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