Deaths As Palestinian Protests Grip West Bank And Gaza


Three Palestinians have died from bullet wounds inflicted by Israeli troops, and two Israeli settlers have been shot dead in an attack as unrest continues to grip Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.

In Budrus, a village in the central occupied West Bank, Israeli forces shot dead 22-year-old Lafi Awwad on Friday afternoon, according to the Palestinian Authority’s Ministry of Health.

Earlier in the day, Hassan Jehad al-Baw, 23, died in the southern West Bank city of Hebron’s al-Ahli hospital.He was shot in the heart by Israeli forces during a protest during the morning.

Baw’s death came just hours after 18-year-old Mahmoud al-Shalaldeh died from gunshot wounds sustained during clashes with Israeli soldiers in Hebron a day earlier.

Shalaldeh’s cousin was also killed in a raid on the al-Ahli hospital by Israeli forces on Thursday.

“The situation is very bad here,” Issa Amro, coordinator of the Hebron-based Youth Against Settlements activist group, told Al Jazeera by phone. “People are very angry.”