Palestinian man killed by Israeli army fire in West Bank

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A Palestinian man in the West Bank was killed by Israeli army fire late Thursday, the Palestinian health ministry said.

An Israeli army spokesman confirmed to AFP that “soldiers opened fire in the direction of a vehicle which was attempting to break through a military barrier in the Ramallah region, killing one of the occupants”.

Earlier the army reported another incident in the same area in which Palestinian gunmen opened fire towards a bus station, without causing any injuries.

The two incidents took place in the north of Ramallah where Palestinians attacks on December 9 and December 13 left three people dead - two Israeli soldiers and a baby born prematurely after its mother was badly injured.

Israeli forces are hunting for those behind the earlier attacks, which shattered months of relative calm in the West Bank.

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