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Clashes erupt in Hebron in wake of killings by Israeli forces, injuring Palestinian woman

Sept. 19, 2016 6:03 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 19, 2016 10:08 P.M.)
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HEBRON (Ma’an) -- Clashes broke out on Monday in different areas in the city Hebron in the southern occupied West Bank, during which a Palestinian woman was injured by a tear gas canister fired by Israeli forces at her chest, following the killing of two Palestinians earlier in the day, shot dead by Israeli forces over an alleged stabbing attack near the Ibrahimi mosque in Hebron's Old City.

Israeli forces raided the city Monday afternoon and installed a military checkpoint in the Wadi al-Harya neighborhood and seized several cars belonging to Palestinians civilians, which Israeli soldiers then used to block off roads in the area, local sources said.

Israeli forces also raided a house in Wadi al-Harya and Israeli soldiers occupied the roof of the house to use as a military station.

In response, “angry” Palestinian youth attacked several Israeli military checkpoints in the center of Hebron, according to locals.

Israeli forces fired tear gas canisters at Palestinian youth during clashes in different areas of Hebron, with one hitting a Palestinian woman in the chest.

Local sources said that clashes broke out in Bab al-Zawiya neighborhood, al-Sheikh neighborhood, and the Tariq ibn Ziyad crossroad.

Israeli forces also fired rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas canisters at protesting Palestinian youth on al-Shuhada street, which is the main road leading to al-Ibrahimi mosque.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an they were looking into reports of the clashes.

Two Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces earlier Monday morning after they allegedly carrying out a stabbing attack at the Ibrahimi mosque checkpoint in Hebron.

An Israeli police spokesperson identified the two as Palestinian residents of Hebron, adding that they were between 17 and 20 years old.

Also on Monday, two Israeli police officers and a Palestinian were wounded in occupied East Jerusalem after the Palestinian carried out a stabbing attack against the Israeli security forces.

The youths slain in Hebron were the 228th and 229th Palestinians to be killed by Israelis since the beginning of a wave of unrest nearly a year ago across the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel. Some 32 Israelis have been killed by Palestinians during the same time period.

They are also two of six Palestinian to be killed by Israeli forces in the Hebron district since Thursday amid an uptick in violence after a period of relative calm. A Jordanian citizen was also shot dead by Israeli border police in occupied East Jerusalem on Friday.

The Hebron area in particular grew as the epicenter of upheaval since October 2015, with Israeli authorities severely restricting the movement of Palestinians in parts of its Old City as a "closed military zone" for several months, while July’s closures on Hebron saw the most widespread restrictions on movement in the occupied West Bank in two years.

In the wake of this week's violence, the Israeli army deployed an additional battalion to the Hebron district, while an Israeli army officer vowed strict punitive measures would be would be imposed on Palestinian civilians in the area.

Israel has come under harsh international condemnation for its response to attacks, which rights groups have said amounted to “collective punishment” and represents a clear violation of international law.

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