Fresh clashes erupted between Israeli forces and Palestinians in the occupied West Bank Tuesday, leaving at least one Palestinian demonstrator dead and stoking fears of renewed trouble in the region.
Reuters quoted the Israeli military as saying that soldiers killed a 21-year-old Palestinian man at a refugee camp after coming under attack by a crowd hurling petrol bombs and stones.
The camp’s residents said the man was on his roof, away from the clashes when he was shot.
Confrontations also broke out in at least two other West Bank areas, where the army said soldiers shot and wounded two Palestinians.
“It’s clear there is an escalation”, Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon said, but added that the violence was not organized.
“We’re not seeing masses pouring into the street. We’re seeing, in certain places, young people using grassroots terrorism and lone attackers,” Yaalon was quoted as saying.
The latest incidents took place a day after Palestinian assailants fatally stabbed an Israeli soldier and a woman in attacks that raised fears of a new uprising, the report noted.
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