Two Palestinians killed in West Bank; Israel cuts off movement of Palestinians in Gaza Strip
Two Palestinians died Wednesday in incidents involving the Israeli border police with one killed by gunfire and the other in explosion of a bombs he was apparently carrying, Palestinian and Israeli sources said.
In the first incident, Israeli border police were searching a number of Palestinian men at a check point near Jerusalem when, according to Israel Radio, one man started acting suspiciously and the police shot him.
A second Palestinian died in an explosion near an Israeli police post in the West Bank and authorities were treating the incident as an attempted suicide bombing, Israeli state radio reported. According to the radio, the man was approaching the post in the village of Silat Al Hartia near Jenin when a bomb he was carrying exploded prematurely.
It was not immediately clear if the bomber, who was killed in the blast, injured others in the area. The circumstances of the incident were investigated by the Israeli army, Israel Radio added.
In other developments, Israeli soldiers arrested a 20-year-old Palestinian in the West Bank city of Tulkarem on suspicion of planning an attack on Israeli targets.
Overnight, Israeli troops and tanks entered the West Bank town of Salfit and rounded up at least a dozen Palestinians wanted by the Israeli authorities. Israeli security forces in the West Bank city of Hebron also arrested three Palestinian brothers.
Meanwhile, the Israeli army cut off the movement of Palestinians between the northern and southern Gaza Strip. (Albawaba.com)