Palestinian youth said killed in Hebron clashes with IDF
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Palestinian youth said killed in Hebron clashes with IDF

Army says troops fired at assailant preparing to hurl firebomb; village of Qabatiya closed for second day after 3 residents killed young policewoman

Israeli security forces arrest a Palestinian man during clashes in Qabatiya, near Jenin in the north of the West Bank, on February 4, 2016 (Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP)
Israeli security forces arrest a Palestinian man during clashes in Qabatiya, near Jenin in the north of the West Bank, on February 4, 2016 (Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP)

A Palestinian teenager was killed Friday by IDF fire during clashes near the West Bank city of Hebron, Palestinian media reported.

According to the Ma’an news agency, the incident occurred in the town of Halhul, some five kilometers from Hebron.

An army spokesperson told Army Radio that troops had fired at one person in a group of rioters preparing to attack them with Molotov cocktails.

Ma’an also reported that the West Bank village of Qabatiya, near Jenin, was closed off by the IDF for the second consecutive day, following an attack in Jerusalem by three of its residents on Wednesday that killed 19-year-old Border Police officer Hadar Cohen and wounded several members of the security forces.

Irael on Friday returned the bodies of three terrorists to their families. Military officials told Channel 2 news that the bodies were returned after the families promised the funerals of the three would not be transformed into rallies of incitement to further violence.

Qabatiya is one of a handful of Palestinian population centers from which terrorists have emerged in the current round of violence, a list that includes the village of Samua near Hebron, and the Shuafat and Qalandiya refugee camps around Jerusalem.

Channel 10 television said that a pipe bomb was hurled at IDF troops manning a roadblock on the outskirts of Qabatiya on Friday. There were no injuries reported.

Overnight IDF troops and Border Police forces arrested eight wanted Palestinians in the West Bank, the army said Friday morning. The IDF also issued advance notice of house demolition for the homes of seven Palestinians who carried out deadly terror attacks on Israelis.

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