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Palestinians open fire on IDF force

No injuries among soldiers operating near Adora settlement in South Mount Hebron. Investigation into death of Palestinian teens earlier in the day reveals one of them may have planned to attack Israeli troops with syringe containing unknown substance

A few hours after IDF soldiers operating near Nablus shot dead two Palestinian teenagers who were apparently planning to attack them, terrorists opened fire Sunday evening on Israeli soldiers near the Adora settlement in the South Mount Hebron.


No injuries were reported, and soldiers were scouring the area in search of the bullet shells.


Meanwhile, the security establishment is looking into the possibility that one of the Palestinian teenagers who were killed near Nablus earlier in the day planned to attack the soldiers with a syringe containing an unidentified substance. The syringe, which was sent to a lab for tests, was found during a search of his belongings.


The two Palestinians were shot as they approached a military checkpoint near the West Bank village of Awarta, southwest of Nablus.


The two were said to be disguised as farmers. At a certain point, witnesses said, they began shouting "Allahu Akbar" and made threatening gestures towards the soldiers.


Fighters from the Nachshon Battalion of the Kfir Brigade shot the Palestinians to death. A military official said the two had the intention and means to harm the soldiers, who acted according to procedures.


Palestinian sources in Nablus reported that the two were 19-year-old relatives Muhammad and Salah Kawarik from Awatra. According to the Palestinians, the two were holding agricultural equipment used as part of their work when they were shot to death by IDF soldiers.


According to an initial IDF investigation, at some point one of the Palestinian teens pulled out a glass bottle filled with pebbles while the other held a syringe. A pitchfork and other tools were placed on the ground beside them. 


פרסום ראשון: 03.21.10, 20:52
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