Palestinian dies, another shot as tension rises in West Bank

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Palestinian dies, another shot as tension rises in West Bank
Relatives mourn over the body of 21-year-old Palestinian Dia Al Talahmeh at a hospital in the West Bank city of Hebron.

Occupied Jerusalem - Separately, Israeli troops shot and wounded a Palestinian woman at a checkpoint near the centre of Hebron, witnesses said.

By AFP

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Published: Wed 23 Sep 2015, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Wed 23 Sep 2015, 10:10 AM

A Palestinian died while handling an explosive device and another was shot by Israeli forces in the West Bank on Tuesday as tensions rose ahead of major religious holidays for Jews and Muslims.
Both incidents occurred in the Hebron area of the southern West Bank ahead of the Yom Kippur and Eid Al Adha holidays and after three days of clashes rocked Jerusalem's Al Aqsa mosque compound last week.
Jerusalem remained calm on Tuesday, but was under tight security, with thousands of police officers deployed and authorities closing off the city to residents of the occupied West Bank.
On Tuesday night, in the village of Dura near Hebron, a Palestinian was killed by an explosive device he intended to toss at a military vehicle, an Israeli military spokeswoman said. Residents provided a similar account. Palestinian security officials, however, said he was shot dead by Israeli troops. They named him as Dia Al Talahmeh, 21.The army spokeswoman said a patrol had been deployed to clear stones blocking a road outside Hebron.
"The soldiers heard an explosion and during a search of the sector they found the body of a Palestinian killed by the explosive device he intended to throw at one of our vehicles," she said.
Separately on Tuesday morning, Israeli troops shot and wounded a Palestinian woman at a checkpoint near the centre of Hebron, witnesses said.
The Israeli military said she had attempted to stab a soldier.
"An attack was thwarted when a Palestinian attempted to stab an (Israeli) soldier at a military position in Hebron," an army statement said. "(Israeli) forces responded, fired towards the perpetrator and identified a hit."
Witnesses named her as 18-year-old Hadeel Al Hashlamon. A string of incidents between the army and Palestinians in the Hebron area had also occurred during the day on Monday, .
Hebron has been a flashpoint in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with some 500 Israeli settlers living there under heavy guard and clashes regularly occurring.
Tensions have been running high across the West Bank, including Israeli-occupied east Jerusalem.


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