Palestinian shot down by Israeli forces in a raid on Bethlehem

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JERUSALEM: Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian protester while they were carrying out an arrest raid in the occupied West Bank town of Bethlehem on Tuesday, Palestinian medical sources said. Residents of the Deheishe Refugee Camp said Malek Shahin, 19, was among a group of people protesting against the soldiers who had come to arrest two men. Both those men were apprehended, they said. In a second arrest raid on Tuesday, Israeli troops detained a Palestinian in the West Bank town of Ramallah in connection with a stabbing incident in October, the military said. Violent incidents have become a daily occurrence in the West Bank , Israel and Jerusalem in the past two months, as an increasing number of Jews visit East Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque compound - Islam's third holiest site, which is also revered by Jews as the location of two destroyed biblical-era temples. Since Oct. 1, Israeli forces have killed 105 Palestinians, 65 of whom Israel says were assailants or had been caught on camera carrying out assaults. One U.S. citizen and 19 Israelis have been killed in Palestinian attacks.(Reuters)

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