A Palestinian man was killed and 10 others wounded by gunfire from Israeli soldiers and police at the Qalandiya refugee camp near Jerusalem in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian medical sources said today. Violent clashes broke out after a jeep carrying two border guards entered the camp by mistake overnight, a police spokesman said, adding that five policemen were injured, one seriously.
A wave of violence in Israel and the Palestinian territories since October has killed 178 Palestinians as well as 28 Israelis, an American, a Sudanese and an Eritrean, according to an AFP toll. The Palestinian health ministry identified the victim as Eyad Omar Sajdia, a 22-year-old student.
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According to police, the jeep with two officers which entered the refugee camp was attacked with stones and Molotov cocktails. Troops and police reinforcements were sent in to rescue the pair, who were found uninjured.
Fresh clashes took place when Palestinian demonstrators threw explosive devices and shot at the Israeli forces, who returned fire, the spokesman said.