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Israeli troops kill Palestinian at West Bank checkpoint


Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian brandishing a pipe bomb at a West Bank checkpoint on Saturday, the army said.

An army spokesman said the man leaped from a taxi and ran toward the checkpoint holding the device. He shouted in a threatening manner and refused calls to stop before being shot.

“As well as the pipe bomb, troops later found a second device on the man’s body,” the spokesman said.

Palestinian witnesses told reporters that Khaldun Samudi, 23, was hit by several bullets as he ran toward an Israeli checkpoint east of Nablus, shouting “Allahu Akbar” (God is greatest).

Palestinian ambulance workers waiting nearby to try to treat the man said the troops had kept them away for more than two hours. An army spokeswoman said they were kept at a distance until the explosive devices had been deactivated.

The incident occurred at the same checkpoint where on Jan. 2 soldiers shot dead a Palestinian man holding a glass bottle.

A Palestinian government spokesman called for international intervention to protect Palestinians.

“It is time the international community paid attention to the security needs of Palestinians ... The international community must make clear to Israel that its violence is morally indefensible and politically reckless,” said Ghassan Khatib, the director of the Palestinian Government Media Center.

Violence in the occupied West Bank has largely tapered off in the past few years as a result of tighter security measures and cooperation between Israel and foreign-trained Palestinian police.

However, tension has surged in the past week, coinciding with deadlock in Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts.

On Friday, Israeli soldiers killed a 65-year-old Palestinian in his bedroom during a pre-dawn raid to seize a Hamas suspect who lived in the same building. The army admitted several hours later that the killing was a mistake.

Last Friday, a Palestinian woman died following a protest against an Israeli barrier built across the West Bank. A local medic said the woman died after inhaling tear gas.

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