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January 9, 2011
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Palestinian killed

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January 9, 2011

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NABLUS/OCCUPIED-AL-QUDS: Israeli troops shot dead a young Palestinian on Saturday as he ran toward a checkpoint in the West Bank shouting Islamic slogans, Palestinian and Israeli officials said.
Meanwhile, a mortar round fired from Gaza wounded two foreign workers in southern Israel, one of them seriously, an Israeli military spokesman said.
Palestinian witnesses told AFP that Khaldun Samudi, 23, was hit by several bullets as he was running toward an Israeli checkpoint east of Nablus shouting “Allahu Akbar” (Allah is the greatest).
According to Palestinian security officials, Samudi was a member of Islamic Jihad in the northern West Bank town of Jenin. He was the fourth Palestinian killed in the territory in a week.
The Israeli military said soldiers shot and killed Samudi as he ran towards the checkpoint “carrying two explosive devices and a knife.”
The Palestinian had got out of a taxi and headed toward the checkpoint, shouting “God is greatest,” a spokesman said.
Samudi ignored orders to stop before the troops opened fire on him, the spokesman said, adding that the military then sent in bomb disposal experts to defuse the explosive devices he was carrying.
Meanwhile, a senior Israeli official told AFP on Saturday that Chile’s recognition of an independent Palestinian state is “useless” and will not help advance peace,. “It is a useless and empty gesture because it will not change anything,” the official said a day after Chile announced it has recognised Palestine as an
independent state, in the footsteps of other Latin American countries.
“It will not advance the cause of peace by an inch,” said the official who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The Chilean government adopted on Friday a resolution “recognising the existence of the state of Palestine as a free, independent and sovereign state,” Foreign Minister Alfredo Moreno said in Santiago.

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