Last updated: 23 January, 2013

Palestinian killed by Israeli fire near Hebron

A 21-year-old Palestinian woman died after being hit in the face by Israeli gunfire in the West Bank on Wednesday, medics said, with witnesses saying she was shot by soldiers.

Lubna Hanash was killed in a shooting outside a college near Al-Arrub refugee camp, eight kilometres (five miles) north of Hebron, medics said.

Witnesses told AFP a civilian car with Israeli plates stopped on the main Hebron-Bethlehem road in the southern West Bank and two men wearing military fatigues got out and began shooting towards a nearby Palestinian college.

Medics said another two people were injured by gunshot wounds.

A military spokeswoman said troops on a routine patrol had been “confronted by Palestinians with Molotov cocktails” and opened fire in self defence, wounding several of them.

In a separate development, a 15-year-old Palestinian who was hit in the face by Israeli gunfire last Friday died of his injuries, an Israeli hospital spokeswoman told AFP.

The two deaths raised to six the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli gunfire since January 10.

The teenager who died, Saleh Amarin, had been seriously hurt by a bullet fired by Israeli troops during clashes in Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem, medics said. He was transferred to Jerusalem’s Hadassah Ein-Kerem hospital.

The Israeli military said at the time that troops fired at the legs of a group of 30 Palestinians attacking them near Rachel’s Tomb, a Jewish shrine.