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Israel forces hit Syria army after new stray fire

Israel hit Syrian regime positions on Wednesday night after stray mortar fire struck the occupied Golan Heights, in the third such exchange within a week.

An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube on October 15, 2011 shows Syrian men carrying a victim after he was shot during an anti-regime rally in Dael on the outskirts of Daraa, a flashpoint town in the south, on October 14. A coalition of 121 Arab and international rights groups urged the Arab League to take action on Syria to prevent it from sliding into civil war on October 16, 2011. AFP PHOTO/YOUTUBE

An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube on October 15, 2011 shows Syrian men carrying a victim after he was shot during an anti-regime rally in Dael on the outskirts of Daraa, a flashpoint town in the south, on October 14. A coalition of 121 Arab and international rights groups urged the Arab League to take action on Syria to prevent it from sliding into civil war on October 16, 2011. AFP PHOTO/YOUTUBE

Also a Palestinian who fired at Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron on Wednesday was shot dead by the soldiers, the Israeli army said.

A military spokeswoman said a mortar round hit open ground in the Israeli-controlled zone of the plateau and “forces responded and targeted the Syrian army position that fired the mortar.”

She did not say if the Israeli retaliatory fire came from ground or air forces.

A Palestinian who fired at Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron on Wednesday was shot dead by the soldiers, the Israeli army said.

“Forces encountered an armed Palestinian who opened fire,” an English-language statement on the military’s official Twitter account said. “In response to the immediate threat, forces fired towards the suspect.”

An initial army statement had said only that the man was carrying a weapon, was seen as a threat and was shot dead during a search by soldiers for arms caches in the flashpoint city.

The army released a picture of what it said was the man’s weapon, which appeared to be an improvised machine pistol.

A wave of unrest that broke out in October 2015 has claimed the lives of 274 Palestinians, 42 Israelis, two Americans, two Jordanians, an Eritrean, a Sudanese and a Briton, according to an AFP tally.

Israeli authorities say most of the Palestinians killed were carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks.

Earlier Wednesday Israeli police said security forces at a checkpoint on the edge of the West Bank city of Bethlehem stopped a Palestinian woman found to be carrying a knife.

In a statement on his official Twitter account, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld described the woman, 36, as “a terrorist” intending to carry out an attack on an Israeli.

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