Palestinian said killed, two hurt in rioting in Gaza, West Bank
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Palestinian said killed, two hurt in rioting in Gaza, West Bank

500 reportedly clashing with Israeli forces at several flashpoints after heeding calls by Fatah, Hamas for yet another 'day of rage'

Palestinian protesters wave national flags during clashes with Israeli security forces on the eastern outskirts of Gaza City, near the border with Israel, on January 12, 2018. (AFP Photo/Mohammed Abed)
Palestinian protesters wave national flags during clashes with Israeli security forces on the eastern outskirts of Gaza City, near the border with Israel, on January 12, 2018. (AFP Photo/Mohammed Abed)

A Palestinian rioter was reportedly shot dead Friday by Israeli fire as security forces faced down riots on the Gaza border and at several locations across the West Bank.

The Palestinian, a teenager according to Palestinian media, was reportedly shot in the head in Jabaliya in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, near the border with Israel.

Two Palestinians were reported injured in the Ramallah area of the West Bank in a separate violent protest.

The clashes broke out at the end of Friday prayers in mosques as Palestinians heeded calls by the Hamas terror group and other organizations to wage yet another “day of rage” against Israel — the first for a month but the tenth since US President Donald Trump’s December 6 announcement that his administration recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Hadashot television news reported that some 500 Palestinians took part in the rioting at six West Bank flashpoints and that Israeli forces used live fire on demonstrators at the village of Beita, near Nablus.

At the Hawara checkpoint near Nablus, and on al-Quds street within the city itself, security forces used riot dispersal methods against the protesters, including tear gas.

Hamas, Fatah and other Palestinian factions, also called the day of rage to honor Ahmad Jarrar, the suspected ringleader of a terrorist cell responsible for murdering Rabbi Raziel Shevach in January. Jarrar was killed by security forces in a shootout on Tuesday.

Ahmad Nassar Jarrar, 22, head of the terror cell who shot dead Rabbi Raziel Shevach in the West Bank on January 9. (Twitter)

Jarrar’s ability to evade capture for more than two weeks had turned him into a Palestinian hero, and on the streets of Nablus, protesters could be heard shouting, “Allah, have mercy on Ahmad Jarrar.”

Earlier in the day, Israeli Border Police arrested a Palestinian man in the West Bank city of Hebron after finding a knife hidden under his clothes at the entrance to the Tomb of the Patriarchs holy site.

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