Israeli soldier shot dead in West Bank, Palestinian killed in Gaza Strip
Palestinians opened fire on a group of Israeli soldiers in the West Bank on Friday afternoon, killing one and wounding three.
The attack was claimed by Fatah's Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades.
Also Friday, Israeli forces shot and killed a 23-year-old Palestinian walking near the Gaza Strip settlement of Netzarim, Palestinian security officials said, according to The AP. The Israeli army said the man was armed with an anti-tank missile and was suspected of planning an attack.
In the West Bank shooting, off-duty Israeli soldier in civilian clothes and a civilian vehicle were driving near a settlement when a car carrying Palestinians approached from the opposite direction and blocked the road, the military said. At least one Palestinian in the car shot at the soldiers before driving away, the Israeli military said.
PLO leader Mahmoud Abbas criticized the attack. "There is no justification for this operation, but there are a lot of reasons behind it," he said at a news conference, his last official event before Sunday's Palestinian presidential election.
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