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Another Palestinian shot dead in occupied West Bank: Israeli police

Reuters , Tuesday 1 Dec 2015
Palestinian protester injured
Palestinians help a demonstrator, wounded in the eye, during clashes with Israeli security forces following a demonstration against Israeli occupation, in the Palestinian town of al-Bireh on the outskirts of Ramallah in the West Bank, on November 29, 2015 (Photo: AFP)
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Israeli security forces shot dead a Palestinian near a West Bank settlement on Tuesday, police said, a location that has seen several incidents during two months of violence.

A police spokeswoman claimed that the Palestinian was shot dead as he wielded a knife in the attempted stabbing at Gush Etzion junction and an Israeli settler was lightly hurt from a stray bullet fired by an officer securing the location.

In a wave of protesting and clashes between the Palestinians and Israeli troops, Israel have killed 106 Palestinians since the first of October, according to the Palestinian Ministery of Health.

The current wave of protests by Palestinians and repression by Israeli occupation forces started in late July when toddler Ali Dawabsha was burned to death and three other Palestinians were severely injured after their house in the occupied West Bank was set on fire by Israeli settlers.

Palestinian protests were also triggered by an increase in Jewish settlers attacks on Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque, which is considered the third holiest site in Islam. 

Settlement-building, racial discrimination, confiscation of identity cards, long queues at checkpoints, as well as daily clashes and the desecration of Al-Aqsa mosque, have been Palestinians' daily routine.

The anger of Palestinian residents of Jerusalem has increased in the last three years after the Israeli authorities allowed increasing numbers of Jewish settlers to storm the Al-Aqsa mosque.

*The story was edited by Ahram Online.

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