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Palestinian shot dead in Hebron after alleged stabbing attempt

Oct. 20, 2015 11:52 A.M. (Updated: Oct. 20, 2015 10:26 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli forces during clashes in Beit Awwa west of Hebron, Palestinian sources said.

The Palestinian Authority Ministry of Health identified the Palestinian as 24-year-old Udaay Hashim al-Masalma, and said that doctors in Hebron's public hospital confirmed a bullet to the head was the cause of death.

An Israeli army spokesperson alleged that Masalma was shot after he attempted to stab an Israeli soldier during a "violent riot" in Beit Awwa.

She said the soldier "responded with live fire," and that the Palestinian was evacuated for medical treatment by the Palestinian Red Crescent.

She added that the Israeli soldier was lightly injured, and as far as she was aware, had not been evacuated for medical treatment.

Israeli news site Ynet reported that "the attacker threw himself on the troops who fired upon and killed him."

Locals confirmed that there were clashes in Beit Awwa shortly before Masalma's death, during which Israeli troops fired tear gas canisters and rubber-coated steeel bullets at Palestinians protesters.

Masalma brings the Palestinian death toll since the beginning of October to 44, with eight Israelis killed in the same period.

Around half of the Palestinian deaths took place during clashes, while the others were killed after allegedly attempting attacks on Israel. In a number of instances, however, it has been disputed that Palestinians were attempting to carry out attacks.

Israel has come under repeated criticism for shooting dead Palestinians when they pose no harm, with the PLO labeling the deaths "extrajudicial executions."

Israeli rights group B'Tselem has condemned Israeli officials for effectively condoning the killing of Palestinians by Israeli forces and civilians.
Veronica / UK
The Palestinian Authority has for years paid out - and still pays out - hundreds of thousands of shekels to individual Palestinian terrorists sentenced in Israel to long jail sentences for multiple murders, according to official PA documents.
20/10/2015 14:17
Veronica / UK
cont..Among them are Hamas operatives responsible for deadly attacks in Israel, such as Hamas bomb maker Abdullah Barghouti, who is serving a 67 life sentences (for 67 murders). Abdullah Barghouti has so far received 4 million shekels (around $1 million).
20/10/2015 14:18
Edna / Canada
Every rank-and-file terrorist is awarded a stipend of up to 10,000 shekels per month while behind bars. Under the reign of Mahmoud Abbas, head of the Palestinian Authority, therefore, the rewards of terror are substantial and long-lasting.
20/10/2015 14:19
Tobias / USA
The B'Tselem rights group leadership are liars or idiots, since it is
- Palestinian Officials Who "Condone The Killing of civilians", and
- Israeli officials who only condone shooting in only defense, and
even then only with small caliber bullets in a leg, so as not to kill.
20/10/2015 14:30
Joe Fattal / USA
The area is getting closer and closer start looking like Syria. Assad couldn't dream that his Syria will look like that one day. Looks like Netanyahu's dream of an undivided Jerusalem is also fading away slowly but surely.
20/10/2015 15:53
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