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One Arab Dead As Violence Surges in West Bank Villages and Gaza Camp

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Soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian man Thursday during a clash in the West Bank Arab village of Silat el-Khartiya, as Arabs in the territories observed another day of their general strike.

Clashes also were reported in the village of Sair, near Hebron, and in the Gaza Strip.

The violence began early in the morning as an army troops entered Silat el-Khartiya to carry out a number of arrests. They were met by a crowd of masked men carrying knives, clubs and stones.

After the Arabs attacked, the soldiers responded with live fire. One of the attackers was killed, and another was injured and taken to Afula Hospital.

In Sair, soldiers fired tear gas in and around the homes of the village, according to Arab sources. The sources said a 2-week-old baby died on his way to the hospital as a result of tear gas inhalation. The army spokesman said the report was being checked.

In the Gaza Strip, residents of the Shati refugee camp attacked soldiers with stones. The army responded by firing tear gas and imposing a curfew on the camp. There were no reports of injuries.

Meanwhile, the army continued large-scale arrests in the town of Kalkilya, for the third consecutive day.

In Nablus, indictments were presented in military court against 20 Arabs accused of participating in an attack on Jewish hikers last April in the Arab village of Beita. A Jewish teen-ager and two villagers were killed in the confrontation.

The army also announced that it would press charges against an officer, two soldiers and a military doctor, in connection with the death of a Gaza youth in jail seven months ago.

The soldiers will be charged with causing grave bodily harm, and the doctor with not carrying out a proper diagnosis of the youth’s injuries.

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