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17-year-old Palestinian killed during Israeli military raid in northern West Bank

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JERUSALEM, Aug 22 (AP): Israeli security forces stormed into a town in the north of the West Bank
on Tuesday, leading to fighting that killed a 17-year-old Palestinian, according to Palestinian health
officials, the latest violence to grip the occupied territory.
The Israeli military conducted an arrest raid before dawn in the town of Zababdeh south of Jenin,
local medics said. The Palestinian Health Ministry reported that 17-year-old Othman Abu Kharj was
fatally shot in the head.
The raid came as Israeli security forces were still searching for the Palestinian gunman who carried
out a shooting in the northern Palestinian city of Hawara that killed an Israeli father and son on
Saturday.
The Israeli military said its forces arrested 15 Palestinian suspects in several northern West Bank
towns. In Zababdeh, Israeli security forces said they opened fire at residents who threw explosive
devices at them.
In the southern West Bank, the Israeli army captured two Palestinians who were suspected in a
shooting the day before that killed an Israeli woman and seriously wounded a man.
The Israeli military said the two suspects confessed during interrogation to involvement in the attack
near the Palestinian city of Hebron.
Israeli security forces said they also confiscated the rifle used to shoot at the car on Monday. A car
without a license plate that was allegedly used to carry out the attack was found burned north of
Hebron, said mayor of the town of Halhoul.
Palestinian media identified the two suspects arrested near Hebron as Saqer and Muhamad al-
Shantir.
The Israeli military said that its forces further conducted large-scale searches and arrest raids
throughout the West Bank, interrogating 20 Palestinians, confiscating illegal vehicles and arresting
an additional 13 suspects near Hebron.
Nearly 180 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in the West Bank since the start of this year,
according to a tally by The Associated Press. Israel says most of the Palestinians killed were militants.
But stone throwing youths protesting the incursions and those not involved in the confrontations
have also been killed.
Some 30 people have been killed by Palestinian attacks against Israelis during that time.
Israel says the raids are meant to dismantle militant networks and thwart future attacks. Palestinians
say the raids undermine their security forces, inspire more militancy and entrench Israeli control
over lands they seek for a hoped-for future state. Israel captured the West Bank in the 1967 Mideast
war, along with east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.

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