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Israeli killing draws Jenin protest
A demonstration follows the shooting of a policeman by Israeli forces in Kafr Dan.
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2007 13:56 GMT

Ten Palestinian civilians where arrested 
during the Israeli operation [AFP]

A demonstration has been staged in the West Bank city of Jenin to protest against the killing of a Palestinian policeman by Israeli forces.
 
Mohammed Abed, 23, was shot dead by Israeli snipers as he watched troops carrying out arrests from the window of his home, Palestinian medical and security sources said on Saturday.
The Israeli military insisted that Abed had been armed.
 
"During an operation near Jenin, a makeshift bomb was thrown at the troops and they spotted a Palestinian on a roof with a rifle and fired in his direction and hit him," a spokesman said.

Meanwhile, members of the public and political factions headed to Kafr Dan, Abed's home town, in the occupied West Bank to demonstrate in protest over the killing.

 

Kafr Dan

 

Israeli forces had raided the village early on Saturday morning looking for people it describes as "wanted activists", Al Jazeera's correspondent reported.  

 

"Killing the Palestinian policeman means that Israel's escalation does not even rule out the Palestinian security services"

Adnan al-Damiri, police chief
Residents told Al Jazeera that Israeli snipers positioned on the occupied buildings opened fire at Abed.  

 

His family said he was in the house at the time and unarmed. He was shot twice and died immediately, they said.

 

Israeli forces continued search operations in Kafr Dan, detaining 10 people, Al Jazeera's correspondent reported.

 

Adnan al-Damiri, Jenin's police chief, accused the Israeli army of targeting its officers and held it responsible for the ongoing escalation in Jenin.

 

"Killing the Palestinian policeman means that Israel's escalation does not even rule out the Palestinian security services," al-Damiri said.  

 

Palestinian police consider the Israeli operation an attempt to obstruct its efforts to restore security in Jenin, he added.  

 

School attacked

In Gaza City, three explosive devices were set off in the American International School causing damage but no injuries, Palestinian security sources and witnesses said.


Three explosives devices were set off at the 
American International School [AFP]
 
"A large number of masked gunmen attacked the school at dawn. They poured petrol all around and blew up several explosive devices and destroyed some of the premises," Rebhi Salem, the school's director, said.


The armed men said they were part of an al-Qaeda organisation operating in Gaza, he added.


The school is a private institution that is part of an association of "American Schools" in the Middle East. The curriculum stresses English as well as Arabic studies. None of the teachers are American and a US embassy official said the school has no connection to the US government.

Two members of staff were briefly abducted from the school in March 2006.

Source:
Al Jazeera and agencies
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