Israelis kill 2 Palestinians in clashes over home demolition

Palestinian mourners in the West Bank city of Ramallah carry the body of Ahmed Abu al-Ais, who was shot dead by Israeli troops during clashes in Qalandia, on November 16, 2015Israeli forces shot dead at least two Palestinians on Monday when heavy clashes erupted during an operation to destroy the West Bank home of an alleged attacker, the latest in a series of punitive demolitions. In a bid to halt a wave of knife, gun and car-ramming attacks that began at the start of October, Israeli authorities have moved to expedite demolitions of suspects’ homes, a controversial measure meant to act as a deterrent. Confrontations and clashes have erupted in the past over such demolitions, but they have rarely been as deadly as Monday’s at the Qalandiya refugee camp, just beyond a checkpoint leading from east Jerusalem to the occupied West Bank.

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