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Israel troops 'kill Palestinian teen' in West Bank

Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian teenager in the southern West Bank on Wednesday, a Palestinian security source told AFP. "Yussef Sami Shawamreh, 15, was killed by the Israeli army near the separation barrier, close to Al-Ramadin village," the source said, indicating that the body was still with the army. He had no further details, and there was no immediate comment from the military, which said it was looking into the report. Al-Ramadin is located on the south-western edge of the West Bank, very close to Israel's vast separation barrier.

Palestinian women join West Bank anti-riot police

Instructors bark orders to a column of Palestinian women recruited to an anti-riot unit, part of an effort to tackle problems caused by conservative attitudes in the West Bank force. Decked out with helmets, assault boots, batons and shields, the students at the Jericho police school weather a barrage from stone throwers, before rushing to arrest the "troublemakers". "There is no difference between the training for men and women for combat abilities and searching cars and houses," said one of the instructors, Lieutenant Naama Shalalfat.

Israel West Bank settler population grows over 4%

Israel's settler population in the occupied West Bank increased by 4.2 percent in 2013, interior ministry figures show, as US-backed peace talks with the Palestinians falter over the settlement issue. The number of settlers living in the West Bank rose to 375,000 in January 2014 from 360,000 at the same time the year before, according to statistics AFP obtained on Thursday from the ministry. The figure excluded the nearly 200,000 settlers living in annexed Arab east Jerusalem.

Israeli forces kill Palestinian in the West Bank

BIRZEIT, West Bank (Reuters) - Israeli forces opened fire and killed a Palestinian they were seeking to arrest in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, after the man had barricaded himself inside his house, Reuters witnesses said. Israeli soldiers and police surrounded the home of Muataz Washaha, 24, and called on him to turn himself in. Although his relatives came out of the house, he refused to leave.

Israeli forces kill Palestinian in the West Bank

BIRZEIT, West Bank (Reuters) - Israeli forces opened fire and killed a Palestinian they were seeking to arrest in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, after the man had barricaded himself inside his house, Reuters witnesses said. Israeli soldiers and police surrounded the home of Muataz Washaha, 24, and called on him to turn himself in. Although his relatives came out of the house, he refused to leave.

Israeli troops clear West Bank protest camp

Israeli troops cleared a Palestinian protest camp in the Jordan Valley on Friday, ending a week-long demonstration against Israel's refusal to pull out of the area in any future peace deal. Soldiers, border guards and police asked the protesters to leave before forcefully evicting them, a statement from the army said. "The agitators were evacuated due to rock hurling earlier this week at the main Jordan Valley route, and other legal considerations," it said. But protesters said the army had not given them any warning.

Abbas proposes three-year Israeli pullout from West Bank

By Dan Williams TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas proposed on Tuesday that Israel carry out a gradual three-year withdrawal from the occupied West Bank as part of any future peace deal, an offer that fell short of Israeli demands. He gave the timeframe in an interview shown at an international security conference in Tel Aviv, where Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon challenged the effectiveness of the Palestinian leader's current security commitments.

Suspected Jewish vandals torch West Bank mosque

Suspected Jewish extremists torched the entrance to a mosque in the West Bank early on Wednesday, in an apparent revenge attack for Palestinians beating and detaining Israeli settlers last week. The attackers scrawled "Arabs out" and "Revenge for blood spilled in Qusra" in Hebrew on the walls of the mosque in Deir Istiya village, which lies next to the sprawling Ariel settlement in the northern West Bank, an AFP correspondent said. Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said in a statement the attacks were "nationalistically" motivated.

West Bank mosque partly torched in suspected settler attack

DEIR ISTIYA, West Bank (Reuters) - A mosque in the Israeli-occupied West Bank was partly set on fire on Wednesday in what Palestinian residents said was an attack by Jewish settlers living nearby. The main gate of the mosque in Deir Istiya village and some of the carpeting inside were charred by the flames. Graffiti in Hebrew, reading "Revenge for spilled blood" and "Arabs Out", was scrawled on an outside wall and a door.

Israel excavates site in flashpoint West Bank city

Israel is excavating an archaeological site in the flashpoint West Bank city of Hebron, officials said Thursday, in a move critics say aims to legitimise Jewish settlement in Palestinian territory. The excavations began on January 5 during US Secretary of State John Kerry's 10th visit to the region to push Israel and the Palestinians towards an elusive peace deal. The site is at Tel Rumeida, in the heart of Hebron's historic old city, a spokeswoman for Israel's Antiquities Authority (IAA) told AFP.
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