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Palestinian Is Shot Dead by Israelis as Unrest Rises ; Military Bolsters Forces and Fires on 2 Crowds after Deadly Knife Attacks

Newspaper article International New York Times

Palestinian Is Shot Dead by Israelis as Unrest Rises ; Military Bolsters Forces and Fires on 2 Crowds after Deadly Knife Attacks

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A spokeswoman for the Israeli military said the man had been aiming a homemade gun at soldiers from a crowd of about 200 people.

Israeli troops fatally shot a Palestinian man during a clash in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday, a day after two knife attacks by Palestinians left an Israeli soldier and a female settler dead.

Israel bolstered its forces in the West Bank, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Arab towns to curb mounting violence. A spokeswoman for the Israeli military, who spoke on the condition of anonymity according to protocol, said the man who was killed, Mohammed Jawabreh, 21, had been aiming a homemade gun at troops from a crowd of about 200 people she said were "rioting" on the main road leading south from Jerusalem.

The spokeswoman said troops also used live ammunition to disperse a crowd of 150 people hurling rocks and firebombs south of Hebron, wounding one Palestinian.

Ma'an, an independent Palestinian news agency, reported that the windows of dozens of cars were smashed in the West Bank town of Hawara, near Nablus. Agence France-Presse said the Israeli police arrested four 13-year-old Jewish Israelis for throwing rocks at an Arab cabdriver in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina.

The continuing unrest came as President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority led a 10th-anniversary commemoration of the death of his predecessor, Yasir Arafat.

Mr. Abbas, who inherited the leadership of the Fatah faction from Mr. Arafat, used his speech to criticize Hamas, the Islamist movement that dominates Gaza. An anniversary event scheduled for Gaza was canceled after a series of explosions on Friday rocked the homes and headquarters of several Fatah leaders there and damaged the stage being erected for the event.

"Hamas leaders are behind the bombings in Gaza," Mr. Abbas said, highlighting the continuing rift between the rival political parties months after the signing of a reconciliation pact in April. "We're committed to national reconciliation, but Hamas actions do not indicate their desire to complete it. …

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