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2 Palestinians killed as Israel raids West Bank

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) - Israeli troops shot dead a mentally ill Palestinian who approached them in a West Bank refugee camp Sunday, the army said, while another Palestinian was killed in violent confrontations in the city of Ramallah.

In Ramallah, stone-throwers clashed separately with Israeli troops and Palestinian police, and witnesses said both forces used live fire.

An autopsy showed the man killed in Ramallah was shot by an M-16 rifle, said Palestinian pathologist Dr. Saber Aloul. Palestinian forces do not use M-16s, said spokesman Adnan Damiri. The Israeli military had no comment.

Sunday's deaths brought to four the number of Palestinians killed since Israel launched its most extensive military operation in the West Bank in years in response to the abduction of three Israeli teens on June 12.

As part of the crackdown, Israel is trying to dismantle Hamas in the West Bank, after blaming the kidnapping on the Islamic militant group. Hamas has praised the abductions but not claimed responsibility.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that he has "unequivocal proof" of Hamas involvement, is sharing this evidence with several countries and will make it public soon.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he has "no credible information" that Hamas orchestrated the kidnapping. "When Netanyahu has such information, he needs to update me and we will take care of the matter according to our own laws," he told the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

Israel's large-scale arrest sweep has led to growing confrontations in the West Bank after years of relative calm. Increasingly, Israeli troops raiding towns and refugee camps are met by crowds of Palestinian stone-throwers.

There are also signs of growing Palestinian anger at the Western-backed Abbas, who has publicly defended his decision to continue security coordination with Israel, including in the search for the teens.

As part of such coordination, Palestinian security forces withdraw to their positions when Israeli troops raid West Bank towns.

This scenario played out when Israeli troops entered downtown Ramallah at about 2 a.m. Sunday, searching offices in two commercial buildings.

Several hundred Palestinians threw stones and flower pots at soldiers who fired live bullets and rubber-coated steel pellets, said Issam Rimawi, a photographer for a local newspaper.

After the soldiers withdrew, dozens of protesters hurled stones at a nearby Palestinian police station and smashed windows of parked cars, said Rimawi and a protester, who spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid repercussions from the authorities.

Palestinian troops fired live rounds, the two witnesses said.

After the clashes, the body of Mohammed Ismail, 31, was found on a rooftop opposite the police station, they said.

Ahmed Bitawi, the director at Ramallah Hospital, said Ismail was killed by live fire. Aloul, the Palestinian forensic pathologist, performed an autopsy and said Ismail was killed by an M-16 bullet in the shoulder.

On Sunday, several dozen people marched in downtown Ramallah to protest Israeli-Palestinian security coordination.

"Why, why security coordination? We get hit once by the Palestinian Authority and once by the Israeli army," they chanted.

Analyst Jihad Harb said the Israeli crackdown is weakening Abbas.

"The Palestinian street is very angry at the Palestinian Authority and President Abbas in particular because they see him siding with Israel against them," he said.

In a separate incident Sunday, 27-year-old Ahmed Saoud was killed by Israeli troops as he walked to a mosque for dawn prayers in the Al-Ein refugee camp, said his father, Assad. The elder Saoud said his son suffered from mental illness.

The army said a Palestinian man approached soldiers in a threatening manner early Sunday, and that they fired warning shots before shooting him. The army said an "initial inquiry" suggested the man was mentally unstable.

The Israeli teens went missing as they were returning home from a Jewish religious school in the West Bank 10 days ago. They have not been heard from, and no group has asked for ransom or made other demands.

Since then, Israel has arrested more than 350 Palestinians, most of them affiliated with Hamas, and raided some 1,600 sites in the West Bank.

The army said it arrested six Palestinians overnight Sunday, raided six sites affiliated with Hamas civilian institutions and confiscated funds from 42 sites it said were connected to militant activity.

In the Gaza Strip, Israel carried out airstrikes on four militant sites following rocket fire from Gaza into Israel, the army said. Also Sunday, a Palestinian armed with a hand grenade was caught near an Israeli town near the Gaza border, apparently after he broke through the border fence, the army said.

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crowland503 June 22 2014 at 9:50 AM

With the incompetency of the Muslin-Taliban Sympathizer in the White House, a strong argument exists to ensure the survival of Israel. While I really don't give a damn about the Israel-Palestinian conflict, the phony President of the United States of America has gone out of his way to screw this country everyway possible on the international level; and we need to safeguard Israel until Obama's ousted from office!!!

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fully18p June 22 2014 at 10:48 AM

how can we make peace with hamas they think its a blessing to kill a jew. our prayers are for a safe return of the three teens..shelly perel

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majorg1000 June 22 2014 at 9:40 AM

Palestine has taken it's first steps toward Peace in a decade: The formation of a single government. When the Palestinian government can round up it's fractious elements and recognize Israel as a Sovereign state, then there can be peace in the Middle East.
As long as there are individuals and small groups willing to kidnap and attack Israelis, or commit suicide attacks, there will be no peace.

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kiick23 June 22 2014 at 2:38 PM

The motley crew of neo Nazis, Arabists and radical leftists rather Israel not defend itself against the body snatchers of Hamas but that's not going to happen. Expect Israel to do whatever is necessary to find these three kids and I'm fully in agreement with their effort.
It's collective punishment? Well the Palestinians are collectively guilty. The radical left and their Nazi brothers along with their Arabist masters can scream like howler monkies but the so called Palestinians are going to pay a heavy price if these three boys are not returned alive soon.

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hanlon1212 kiick23 June 22 2014 at 5:44 PM

Don't try to link ANY of the Left with Nazis .

REPUBLICONS brought Nazi war criminals into the U.S. after WW2 and have been using their propaganda techniques eversince -- and since 1980 , they've been using that propaganda to pushFascist agendas .

I am a Moderate Independent who has fought and bled fior Israel , America's greatest ally --
and will gladly fight for her at ANY time -- don't lie about her enemies , nor allies.

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bdozer1947 June 22 2014 at 10:55 AM

Blaming Obama every time the world farts is so crazy that I feel you people are mental midgets and racist nothing else makes sense... Fascist prostitutes for the Koch Bros have no souls and you prove it with every post... Bigots and fascist that's the anti Obama crowd

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aljoramaggio June 22 2014 at 10:03 AM

How does a Nation make peace with another, when to this very day, it does not acknowledge the right of that same Nation, to exist?
We've been trying to broker a lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians, since at least the Carter Administration.
So sad, all around.

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mivogo June 22 2014 at 2:25 PM

Israel mourned after 9-11. The Palestinians danced and handed out candy. Enough said.

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stregere mivogo June 23 2014 at 12:31 AM

i agree seeing 9/11.....how can killing innocent people be so inhumane.....and 9/11 is a wound that will never heal............we have always been an ally of Israel................the right for them to exist in peace.....everyone goes into the army...............this long term ongoing war with israel's right to live in peace and harmony...........there are levels of compassion and humanity, and killing innocent people is no better than a crazed animal sick with rabies.....with poisonous bites..........

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glominerva stregere June 23 2014 at 12:57 AM

Many Europian nations (I've seen it in their newspaper) belived that Israel's inteligens was partly resposible for 9/11, Israel new about the attac ahead of time, but did not allert the US.

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patsans4 mivogo June 23 2014 at 2:58 AM

and bibi said it's good for israel.

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moooooooooochelle June 22 2014 at 10:05 AM


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ONEWAYFARER June 22 2014 at 10:01 AM

Israel doesn't want a two state solution and will continue to make up excuses to delay and bring to a halt any possible plan of peace. They have broken every peace agreement that they have signed. They treat the Palestinians like the U.S. treated the Indians; they will continue the genocide until they can no longer be a credible threat in any way possible to Israel. Somehow or another, Benny will blame all this slaughter on the Palestinians, and the U. S. media will get on board and spread the lies to the American public.

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jmccand779 June 22 2014 at 12:52 PM

PS To all you Isreali supportes who blame the Palestinians, it wass none pother than BB Netanyahu who threw the Isreali Palestinian Peace agreement in the trash following the murder of PM Rabin by an Isreali extremist living in the occupied territory. Netanyahu's party was against the agreement from the very begining. It outlined a timeline for Isreali withdraw from occipied lands and it was to pave the road to a self-rule Palestinian State.
Please note, none of there things have changed. Netanyahu never wanted the agreement to succeed back then and he has voiced publicly his stand against a Palestinian State and still stands in the way of peace. It is Netanyahu who must go if there is ever to be a chance for peace.

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