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Israeli military investigating Palestinian's death in West Bank confrontation

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A Palestinian man died after a confrontation with Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank on Thursday that the Palestinian Authority condemned as a “cold-blooded execution”.

The Israeli military said the man had attempted to attack troops and that it was investigating the incident.

In security camera footage posted on social media and carried by Israeli news sites, soldiers could be seen kicking and striking a man, identified by Palestinian officials as Yassin Omar Serda, after detaining him in the town of Jericho.

In a statement, the military said the man was armed with an iron rod and ran toward the soldiers in an attempt to strike them. The troops, it said, were on a raid to arrest “suspects” in the town.

“In response to the immediate threat, the troops fired toward the assailant and confronted him from close range and were able to stop him,” the military said.

“A knife was also found in his possession. Troops evacuated him to a hospital to receive medical treatment. His death was later announced. The incident is being reviewed.”

The Palestinian Information Ministry said about 20 soldiers had administered a “heavy beating” to Serda, especially on his stomach and back.

“The Information Ministry views (his) martyrdom … shortly after his arrest a cold-blooded execution,” it said.

Serda’s family said it was seeking to have an autopsy performed.

Israeli troops frequently mount raids in the West Bank to detain suspected militants. Israel captured the territory in the 1967 Middle East war. Palestinians seek to establish a state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

An Israeli soldier, Elor Azaria, was sentenced last February to 18 months imprisonment for killing a wounded and incapacitated Palestinian assailant in the West Bank town of Hebron in 2015. He was convicted of manslaughter, a crime that carries a maximum sentence of 20 years.

His trial was one of the most divisive in Israeli history. Supporters argued he was justified in shooting a Palestinian whom they said had intended to kill Israelis. The military said he violated standing orders and that his conduct was unbecoming of an Israeli soldier.

Writing by Jeffrey Heller; Additional reporting by Ori Lewis, Mustafa Abu Ganayeh and Ali Sawafta; Editing by Janet Lawrence

References

  1. ^ The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. (thomsonreuters.com)
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Grenade on Sri Lanka bus injures 19; military rules out attack

COLOMBO (Reuters) – A grenade exploded on a bus in Sri Lanka on Wednesday, injuring 19 people, including 12 military personnel, the prime minister said, but the military ruled out the possibility that the incident was an attack.

Since the end of Sri Lanka’s nearly three-decade civil war in 2009 there have been no targeted attacks on the military.

“It has been revealed from the initial investigations that it was a grenade in a bag of a passenger which exploded,” Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told parliament

“Further investigations are going on.”

He gave no details about the identity of the passenger nor did he say if the blast was accidental.

But the military spokesman, Sumith Atapattu, said the blast was not the result of an attack.

“We rule out any terrorist attack. One thing we can say is that somebody has carried a grenade or similar item illegally,” he said, adding that police were investigating.

Seven army and five air force personnel, along with seven civilians, were injured in a fire following the blast on the bus, operating between the Jaffna peninsula in the north of the island to the central town of Diyathalawa, he said.

Jaffna was part of the northern heartland of ethnic minority Tamils, who battled the government for a separate state for 26 years until their defeat May 2009.

Reporting by Ranga Sirilal and Shihar Aneez; Editing by Michael Perry, Robert Birsel

References

  1. ^ The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. (thomsonreuters.com)
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Sri Lanka bus explosion injures 19, including 12 military personnel-spokesman

COLOMBO (Reuters) – A grenade exploded on a bus in Sri Lanka on Wednesday, injuring 19 people, including 12 military personnel, the prime minister said, but the military ruled out the possibility that the incident was an attack.

Since the end of Sri Lanka’s nearly three-decade civil war in 2009 there have been no targeted attacks on the military.

“It has been revealed from the initial investigations that it was a grenade in a bag of a passenger which exploded,” Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told parliament

“Further investigations are going on.”

He gave no details about the identity of the passenger nor did he say if the blast was accidental.

But the military spokesman, Sumith Atapattu, said the blast was not the result of an attack.

“We rule out any terrorist attack. One thing we can say is that somebody has carried a grenade or similar item illegally,” he said, adding that police were investigating.

Seven army and five air force personnel, along with seven civilians, were injured in a fire following the blast on the bus, operating between the Jaffna peninsula in the north of the island to the central town of Diyathalawa, he said.

Jaffna was part of the northern heartland of ethnic minority Tamils, who battled the government for a separate state for 26 years until their defeat May 2009.

Reporting by Ranga Sirilal and Shihar Aneez; Editing by Michael Perry, Robert Birsel

References

  1. ^ The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. (thomsonreuters.com)
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Sri Lanka bus explosion injures 19, including 12 military personnel-spokesman

COLOMBO (Reuters) – A grenade exploded on a bus in Sri Lanka on Wednesday, injuring 19 people, including 12 military personnel, the prime minister said, but the military ruled out the possibility that the incident was an attack.

Since the end of Sri Lanka’s nearly three-decade civil war in 2009 there have been no targeted attacks on the military.

“It has been revealed from the initial investigations that it was a grenade in a bag of a passenger which exploded,” Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told parliament

“Further investigations are going on.”

He gave no details about the identity of the passenger nor did he say if the blast was accidental.

But the military spokesman, Sumith Atapattu, said the blast was not the result of an attack.

“We rule out any terrorist attack. One thing we can say is that somebody has carried a grenade or similar item illegally,” he said, adding that police were investigating.

Seven army and five air force personnel, along with seven civilians, were injured in a fire following the blast on the bus, operating between the Jaffna peninsula in the north of the island to the central town of Diyathalawa, he said.

Jaffna was part of the northern heartland of ethnic minority Tamils, who battled the government for a separate state for 26 years until their defeat May 2009.

Reporting by Ranga Sirilal and Shihar Aneez; Editing by Michael Perry, Robert Birsel

References

  1. ^ The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. (thomsonreuters.com)
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Sri Lanka bus explosion injures 19, including 12 military personnel-spokesman

COLOMBO (Reuters) – Nineteen people including 12 military personnel were injured on Wednesday in an explosion on a bus in Sri Lanka, said the military, adding they do not know the cause but suspect it may be a bomb or grenade.

Since the end of Sri Lanka’s nearly three-decade civil war in 2009 there have been no targeted attacks on the military.

“There had been an explosion in a passenger bus. There are some fragments on the body of the bus. We suspect it as a bomb blast,” military spokesman Sumith Atapattu told Reuters.

“The investigations underway to find out the details.”

Atapattu said seven army and five air force personnel along with seven civilians were injured in a fire following the explosion on the passenger bus which operated from northern Jaffna peninsula to central town of Diyathalawa, where one of the main military training centers is located.

Sri Lanka ended a 26-year separatist war in May 2009 defeating Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) who fought to carve out a separate state for ethnic minority Tamil’s in the far north of the Indian ocean island nation.

Tamil Tiger rebels commonly used Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) to target civilians and military personnel during the civil war, which killed at least 100,000 people.

Reporting by Ranga Sirilal and Shihar Aneez; Editing by Michael Perry

References

  1. ^ The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. (thomsonreuters.com)