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Palestinian killed during clash with IDF in Bethlehem

Five arrested in dawn raid of refugee camp in West Bank city; local group announces day of mourning

Palestinian demonstrators run for cover from tear gas fired by Israeli security forces during clashes in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on October 2, 2015. (Musa al Shaer/AFP)
Palestinian demonstrators run for cover from tear gas fired by Israeli security forces during clashes in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on October 2, 2015. (Musa al Shaer/AFP)

A Palestinian man was killed in a clash with IDF forces in the West Bank Deheisheh refugee camp south of Bethlehem early Tuesday.

The incident took place after a day of violent confrontations following a Palestinian terror attack in Hebron that left one Israeli seriously wounded and the Palestinian attacker shot and killed by security forces.

Malik Akram Shaheen was shot by IDF soldiers during an overnight raid in the camp, according to Israeli and Palestinian media sources. Different reports suggest he was either 19, 20 or 21.

Shaheen sustained a bullet wound to the head and suffered heavy bleeding. He was taken to a Beit Jala hospital where he died of his injuries, according to the Palestinian Maan news agency.

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The IDF said it arrested five people during the raid, but was still sorting out the details of the man’s death.

A statement from the Israeli military said 21 people were arrested in operations around the West Bank overnight, 16 of whom were suspected of taking part in terror activity and low-level “popular” violence.

A local Palestinian group announced Wednesday as a day of mourning for Shaheen with marches planned in Deheisheh and Bethlehem, Maan reported.

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Posted by Pub-leak on Monday, December 7, 2015

On Monday, Palestinian and Jewish residents clashed in Hebron following the stabbing of a Jewish man at the site.

The victim remains in critical condition Tuesday morning.

Several dozen Jewish residents marched into Hebron’s old city to protest the attack, throwing rocks at Palestinians, who responded by throwing rocks at the Jews.

Israeli security forces pushed the marchers back toward the Jewish enclave in the city, while holding back Palestinian demonstrators at the Tomb of the Patriarchs.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage from the clashes.

The clash followed an incident in which a Palestinian stabbed and seriously wounded an Israeli man in his 40s near the Tomb site on Monday. Palestinian sources identified the attacker as 21-year-old Ihab Fathi Miswadi, from Hebron.

Judah Ari Gross contributed to this report.

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