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Palestinian shot dead near Ramallah during clashes

Lafi Yusuf Awad was killed following the deaths of two Israeli settlers on Friday
Palestinian protesters throw stones towards Israeli security forces during clashes at the entrance of the Palestinian town of Al-Bireh on the outskirts of Ramallah in the Israeli-occupied West Bank (AFP)

Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian during clashes near the West Bank city of Ramallah on Friday, the Palestinian health ministry said.

A statement from the ministry announced "the death of a young man, Lafi Yusuf Awad, 22 years old, from the village of Budrus in the district of Ramallah, (killed) by a bullet from Israeli forces".

It marks the latest death in a wave of violence that has flared up in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories in recent months.

Two Israeli settlers were shot and killed by a Palestinian attacker on Friday afternoon as they drove through the southern Hebron Hills.

A third person was critically wounded and transferred to the Soroka Medical Centre in Beersheba.

The incident occurred near the Israeli Othniel settlement. 

Israeli paramedics Magen David Adom (MDA) initially identified the victims as a man and a woman, both in their 50s.

However, it emerged later that the two people killed were a father in his 40s and his son, 18. The two were in the car with five other family members.

Israeli forces rushed to the scene and spread out in the area to search for the attacker, who escaped from the scene. Checkpoints were set up and cars with Palestinian licence plates were searched.

The Israeli army closed all entrances and roads leading to the site of the attack, including the entrances to the nearby al-Fawwar refugee camp, and the towns of Dura and al-Dhahiriya.

According to Israeli media, the Palestinian exited his vehicle and shot the settlers before returning to his car and driving away. Helicopters are in the air scanning for his whereabouts. 

The killings came as a Palestinian man was killed by the Israeli army during clashes in the West Bank city of Halhul, some five kilometres north of Hebron.

Medical sources told Palestinian news site Maan that 23-year-old university student Hassan Jihad Albu was killed by a bullet straight to the chest, which penetrated his heart and killed him instantly.

Another Palestinian, 22-year-old Issa Shalaldeh, died of his wounds on Friday after being shot by Israeli forces the day before, Maan reported.

Shalaldeh was hit during clashes with Israeli forces in the village of Sair following the funeral of his cousin, Abdullah Shalaldeh, who was killed in an Israeli raid on a Hebron hospital that morning.

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