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Palestinian killed during clashes with Israeli forces in Hebron

Dec. 11, 2015 2:25 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 12, 2015 11:43 A.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian man was shot and killed during clashes in the Ras al-Jura area of Hebron on Friday, witnesses told Ma'an.

A Ma'an reporter said Uday Irsheid, 24, was shot in the chest and critically wounded during clashes with Israeli military forces at the northern entrance to Hebron.

He later died from his injuries.

The clashes broke out following a march called for by Hamas to mark the 28th anniversary of the political party's founding.

Red Crescent officials told Ma'an that nine Palestinians were shot with live fire and three with rubber-coated steel bullets during the clashes. The injured were taken to a Health Work Committee center for medical treatment.

An Israeli spokesperson told Ma'an that "a violent riot in Hebron is taking place with hundreds of Palestinians attacking forces, hurling rocks and rolling burning tires."

Israeli forces used riot dispersal means before firing 0.22 rounds at main instigators, the spokesperson added.

Uday's sister, Dania, was shot and killed by Israeli forces in Hebron on Oct. 25.

The 17-year-old was shot dead after police officers allegedly saw "a knife in her hand." No Israelis were injured during the incident.

A witness told Ma'an at the time that he saw a schoolgirl with a schoolbag on her back trying to cross the Israeli checkpoint near the Ibrahimi mosque.

"An Israeli soldier asked her to take the knife out of her bag, then he immediately fired gunshots into the air," the witness said. "Seconds later the schoolgirl was lying on the ground bleeding."

Following an investigation into several cases of Palestinian deaths, Amnesty International found that Dania's killing was "absolutely unjustified" and called for Israel to end its "pattern of unlawful killings."

Earlier Friday, Omar al-Hroub, 55, was shot and killed after an alleged attempted car ramming attack in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron's Halhul village.

An Israeli army spokesperson said "a Palestinian attempted to ram his vehicle into [Israeli] security forces near Hebron," adding that Israeli forces responded to the "imminent threat" and opened fire, killing the man.

No Israelis were injured in the alleged attempted attack.

Hebron has become the epicenter of violence over the last two months, as roughly 30 percent of the now 117 Palestinians to be killed since Oct. 1 were from the Hebron district.
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