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Israelis Kill Palestinian Attacker at Checkpoint

Map of Israel, Gaza and the West Bank
Map of Israel, Gaza and the West Bank

Israeli official say a Palestinian man has been shot to death by Israeli guards at a border checkpoint after he reportedly tried to stab security personnel with a knife.

Israeli sources say the altercation took place at al-Jalama military checkpoint north of Jenin in the occupied West Bank.

Israeli forces reported no casualties to their personnel.

Youngest victim

On Friday a Palestinian baby became the youngest known victim of the current wave of Israeli-Palestinian violence.

Palestinian authorities say eight-month-old Ramadan Thawabteh was suffocated by tear gas fired by Israeli soldiers during a Palestinian protest in Bethlehem.

It is not clear if the tear gas canister was fired directly into the baby's house or if the gas seeped in from the outside.

Palestinian protesters fought with Israeli police outside Ramallah Friday and police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at hundreds of youths who burned tires and threw stones and firebombs during a separate protest in Hebron.

Earlier Friday, one Palestinian was killed and another wounded during a knife attack on Israeli police near Hebron. Security forces also shot dead a Palestinian who stabbed and wounded an American man near a Jerusalem rail station.

An Israeli forensic officer inspects the body of a Palestinian man at a checkpoint near the West Bank town of Nablus, Oct. 30, 2015.
An Israeli forensic officer inspects the body of a Palestinian man at a checkpoint near the West Bank town of Nablus, Oct. 30, 2015.

East Jerusalem holy site

Rumors that Israel plans to take over an East Jerusalem holy site revered by Muslims and Jews has been at the center of a month of violence that has left 11 Israelis and about 65 Palestinians dead. Israeli authorities say most of the Palestinians were killed while attacking or attempting to stab or shoot Israeli civilians, police, or soldiers.

Israel has consistently denied the rumors concerning the holy site and accuses Palestinian leaders of inciting young people to violence.

Palestinian officials are pushing the International Criminal Court to investigate allegations of what they call "Israeli war crimes" and an excessive use of force against civilians — a charge Israel denies.

Many Palestinians are fed up with little economic opportunity, the dim outlook for peace, and Jewish settlement activity in lands they want for a future state.

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