Palestine: Two Palestinians killed on two West Bank roadblocks

8th Nov 2013

By Saed Bannoura

IMEMC & Agencies: Palestinian medical sources reported Thursday night that Israeli soldiers shot and killed two Palestinians at two roadblocks near the West Bank city of Bethlehem, and the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

The sources said that resident Anas Fuad al-Atrash, 23 years of age, was shot and killed by Israeli military fire at the Container Roadblock, northeast of the West Bank city of Bethlehem.

The Israeli military alleged that al-Atrash “attempted to stab a soldier at the roadblock” before soldiers noticed him and shot him dead. Soldiers are withholding the body of al-Atrash and refused to release it to Palestinian medics.

The slain Palestinian is from the southern West Bank city of Hebron. On Thursday evening, soldiers stationed at the Za’tara roadblock, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, shot and killed a Palestinian, after alleging he tried to attack soldiers in the area using a fireworks gun.

Eyewitnesses said that the body of the Palestinian, Jamal Ed-Deen Odah, from Maraqa village near the northern West Bank city of Jenin, was seen lying next to the roadblock.

Soldiers prevented the Palestinians from approaching, and closed the roadblock, forcing the residents to seek alternate routes.

Earlier on Thursday, soldiers invaded various districts in the occupied West Bank, and kidnapped at least seven Palestinians before taking them to a number of interrogation facilities.

Later in the day, Israeli officers kidnapped Mohammad Abu Khdeir, at the Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv as he was flying back from Egypt.

An Israeli court ordered him under interrogation until November 13, and prevented him from seeing his lawyer. His family said he works for the Jerusalem daily newspaper and that the soldiers broke into their home and violently searched it.

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