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Israeli forces kill Palestinian at Jordan Valley checkpoint

June 26, 2015 11:26 A.M. (Updated: June 27, 2015 10:46 A.M.)
Israeli soldiers on patrol in the occupied West Bank. (AFP/Abbas Momani, File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian man at a military checkpoint in the northern Jordan Valley Friday, Israel's army said.

An Israeli army spokeswoman told Ma'an that a Palestinian gunman "fired at soldiers at the Beqaot (al-Hamra) checkpoint," with Israeli forces returning fire, identifying a direct hit. She confirmed his death hours later.

The checkpoint -- one around 100 such permanent military structures in the occupied West bank -- is located in the Nablus district south of the Beqaot and Roi Jewish-only settlements.

On Sunday, a Palestinian stabbed and seriously wounded an Israeli border policeman at Damascus Gate outside East Jerusalem's Old City, before the officer then shot his attacker, leaving him in critical condition.

It was the latest in a string of attacks by Palestinians on Israeli forces and civilians in recent months, and came two days after a 25-year-old Israeli civilian was shot dead while driving in the occupied West Bank near Ramallah.

The attacks come as Israeli authorities have eased travel restrictions on Palestinians during the holy month of Ramadan, the gesture threatened to be revoked if "security conditions" worsen.

Permits authorizing movement between the Gaza Strip and Jerusalem were removed earlier this week barring hundreds of Gazans from visiting the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, while hundreds from the West Bank were banned from overseas travel.

Last week 19 Palestinians, including two children, were injured by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank, and three were shot and injured by live ammunition in the Gaza Strip, including one child, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

spb / usa
fire the man who trained them
26/06/2015 15:12
Phil / USA
What's up with the headline?
26/06/2015 16:42
Mike / USA
These acts are natural reactions against occupation
26/06/2015 17:38
Johnny benson / USA
At least the guy took on soldiers...not kids....
26/06/2015 18:21
199 dead so far / UK
ISIS demonstrated the broad scope of its brutal reach by perpetrating terrorist attacks on three continents – Europe, Africa and Asia, in one day, the second Friday of the Muslim festival of Ramadan. Ramadan Mubarak
26/06/2015 19:33
Luzer / USA
Jordan made peace with Israel after they attacked Israel with 4 other armies and still lost. Jordan is lucky to have a piece of their land back. Any person regardless of who they are who thinks they can break the law claiming occupation is delusional and will get what they deserve.
26/06/2015 20:24
@Mike/USA / UK
Israel’s entry into the WB in 1967 was not part of a premeditated Israeli plan for territorial expansion. Quite the opposite: Israel instructed the army not to fight the Jordanians, or move into the WB. That position changed as a result of Jordan’s disregard for Israeli appeals to avoid hostilities.
26/06/2015 20:33
Jaer / Us
The fact that he shot at the soldiers is highly disregarded...
27/06/2015 23:58
Tobias / USA
Checkpoints Should Become Simply Impassable !!
29/06/2015 17:26
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