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Israeli army besieges W. Bank town after alleged attack
Israeli army besieges W. Bank town after alleged attack

Army attempts to justify siege by blaming Palestinian town resident for alleged attack on settlement

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Israeli army on Friday imposed a tight siege around the Palestinian town of Halhoul in the southern West Bank.

In a statement, the army said it had imposed the siege after a Palestinian resident of the town had attacked the nearby Gush Etzion settlement, injuring two Israelis.

"After assessing the situation, army forces imposed a total siege on Halhoul," the statement read, adding that members of the alleged attacker’s family had since been summoned for questioning.

Earlier Friday, Israeli troops shot and “neutralized” a young Palestinian man in the occupied West Bank after he allegedly tried to attack a group of Israelis, according to a separate army statement.

Local witnesses said that Israeli troops had opened fire on a Palestinian man -- without provocation -- as he drove from Bethlehem to the city of Hebron, leaving him injured.

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