An Israeli army soldier has killed three Palestinians during clashes in the West Bank and Jerusalem, Palestinian security officials said on Sunday.
A Palestinian medic and two other Palestinian security guards were wounded during the clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinian demonstrators who were demanding the release of the six Israeli settlers killed during a deadly 2014 confrontation with Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank.
The medics and security guards had been trying to break up the protest at the Erez crossing near Ramallah, when they were killed, the medics’ relatives said.
Palestinian security officials would not say if the deaths were linked to the incident in Erez, but said three Palestinians were killed in clashes between demonstrators and Israeli forces near Ramleh.
One Palestinian, identified as Hamdi al-Haj, 30, died of a gunshot wound, the security officials added.
Another, named as Abu Mohammed, 21, was killed by a tear gas canister, according to the medico-medical sources.
The Palestinians identified the two killed in the clashes as Nabil al-Muhammed, 21; and Muhammad al-Kheir, 22.
A group of Palestinians protesting near Ramlieh, which has a population of about 400,000, said they had thrown rocks at Israeli soldiers and that soldiers fired tear gas to disperse them.
They also threw stones at an Israeli army bulldozer.
Several Palestinians were also injured, the sources said.
Soldiers opened fire, striking at least three protesters and a number of them were taken to hospital, they said.
The medics were shot at, they added.