Three Palestinians killed near Hebron after alleged shooting
Israeli security forces stand guard at the scene where three Palestinians carried out two attacks -- a shooting and a car ramming -- on Israelis at the entrance of the Israeli settlement of Kiryat Arba near Hebron on March 14, 2016. (AFP/Hazem Bader)
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Three Palestinians were shot dead by Israeli troops on Monday morning after they allegedly carried out attacks near an illegal Israeli settlement in the southern occupied West Bank.
An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that Israeli forces shot and killed two Palestinians after they opened fire at Israelis waiting at a bus stop near the settlement of Kiryat Arba on the outskirts of Hebron.
Witnesses said two Palestinians in a Peugeot 504 pick-up truck tried to shoot at Israelis at the bus station and that Israeli troops fired back at them, killing them immediately.
Shortly afterwards, she added, a car run into a military vehicle in a “ram attack,” and Israeli soldiers shot and killed the driver.
The Palestinian Ministry of Health identified the Palestinians as Qasem Farid Jaber and Ameer Fuad al-Junaidi from Hebron, and Yousef Mustafa Tarayra,18, from the town of Bani Naim east of Hebron.
Palestinian Red Crescent spokeswoman Errab Foqoha told Ma’an that Israeli forces barred a medical team from her organization from accessing the scene.
The Israeli army said one soldier was wounded in the shooting attack, while two soldiers and an officer were wounded in the second altercation. She said they were evacuated to a hospital and were believed to be in moderate condition.
Over 190 Palestinians and 30 Israelis have been killed since violence increased in the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel in October, with a wave of small-scale attacks and attempted attacks, the majority carried out by Palestinian individuals on Israeli military targets.
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