Palestinian gunman killed after checkpoint attack

2016-01-31 16:32
Israeli soldiers arrest a Palestinian protester   during clashes in the West Bank town of Nablus. (Jaafar Ashtiyeh, AFP)

Israeli soldiers arrest a Palestinian protester during clashes in the West Bank town of Nablus. (Jaafar Ashtiyeh, AFP)

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Tel Aviv - A Palestinian gunman opened fire at soldiers guarding a central West Bank checkpoint, wounding three Israelis before being shot dead himself, the army said on Sunday.

Two of the Israelis were in serious condition, it said in a statement.

The official Palestinian Wafa news agency identified the gunman as Amjad Jasser, 29, from a town near Nablus.

The shooting attack occurred at a checkpoint between Ramallah and the Jewish settlement of Beit El, which borders the Palestinian city.

Three Palestinian teens were also under arrest for stabbing a Jewish teenager in the back at Damascus Gate into the walled Old City of Jerusalem on Saturday, lightly injuring him before fleeing.

Elsewhere, Israel's supreme court handed more severe sentences on Jewish extremists who torched a bilingual, Jewish-Arab school in Jerusalem in late 2014, adding eight months jail to the original sentences handed down by a lower court. 

The two brothers will now serve 38 and 32 months in prison respectively. 

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