Israeli-Palestinian clashes, three attacks rock West Bank

Relatives of a Palestinian man shot dead as he was attempting to ram his car into an Israeli military post northeast of Jerusalem, on December 24, 2015 in Qalandiya refugee camp near RamallahNew violence erupted in the West Bank Thursday with four Palestinian attackers shot dead by Israeli forces as Israel recoiled over a video showing Jewish extremists celebrating the death of a Palestinian toddler. The ongoing unrest has led to a sharp decrease in pilgrims travelling to the West Bank city of Bethlehem, where the Bible says Jesus was born, for Christmas Eve celebrations and the traditional midnight mass at the Church of the Nativity. Early on Thursday, a Palestinian stabbed two security guards at an entrance to an industrial zone at the Jewish settlement of Ariel, the largest in the north of the occupied West Bank, before being shot dead.

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