Palestinian shot dead by Israeli settler in West Bank

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Then, a group of Palestinians gathered around them, blocking them inside a cave and beating them. The military said the mortar fire appeared to have come as retaliation for the tunnel incident. Two settlers were slightly wounded.

Following the clash, the Israeli group entered into a cave until Israeli security forces arrived to escort them out and provide medical treatment for the wounded.

Clashes erupted between Palestinians in the village, located southeast of Nablus in the northern occupied West Bank, following Friday prayers that were held at the site where Mahmoud Odeh, 48, was shot dead by an Israeli settler on Thursday. The IDF said it opened an investigation into the incident. Two of the parents shot and killed one of the assailants.

Despite being subject to invasion, blockade and Israel's ongoing policy of forced migration, the Palestinian people have continued their struggle for an independent state comprising the Gaza Strip (currently under a crippling blockade) and the West Bank (still under Israeli occupation) with West Jerusalem as its capital. Several isolated hard-line settlements are in the area, situated near Palestinian villages and Nablus.

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An Israeli man was stabbed to death in the southern Israeli city of Arad in what police said was "most probably a terrorist attack". Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said forces were searching for the suspect who fled the scene.

Elrob and another Palestinian man were charged on October 29 with the October 4 murder of their Israeli employer Reuven Schmerling at their workplace in Kafr Qassem in central Israel.

Since a wave of violence began in October 2015, at least 309 Palestinians or Arab Israelis, 52 Israelis and seven foreigners have been killed in a series of attacks, according to an AFP count. When Mr Odeh refused, one of them shot him, Mr Daghlas added.

The frequency and intensity of attacks has lessened in the past year.

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