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Two Israelis, three Palestinians killed as cycle of violence continues

Latest round of bloodshed began in Oct., triggered by unrest at a major Jerusalem shrine revered by Muslims and Jews

An Israeli father and his 18-year-old son were shot dead while traveling in a car in the occupied West Bank, authorities said Friday on another day of violence which also saw three Palestinians killed in separate incidents. 

The attack on the Israeli family took place near the Palestinian city of Hebron, not far from a Israeli settlement called Otniel, according to local media reports. In addition to the killing of the two men, at least two others — a woman and a 16-year-old boy — were injured in the shooting attack and taken to Soroka Medical Center in Be'er Sheva, Haaretz reported.

A Palestinian suspect fired at the car carrying the family, then got into in a vehicle and fled. Searching for the suspect, Israeli forces closed all roads in the area and the entrances to three nearby refugee camps, Maan News reported.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised to find those responsible for the shooting attack.

“We will get to these heinous murderers and we will bring them to justice as we have done in the past,” local media reported Netanyahu saying.

A relative of Palestinian Mahmoud Shalaldeh mourns over his body in Hebron November 13, 2015.
Mussa Qawasma / Reuters

Also on Friday, a 23-year-old Palestinian was fatally shot in the chest by Israeli forces during clashes in Hebron. Local media identified him as Hassan al-Baw. Another Palestinian was killed by Israeli forces in clashes near Ramallah.

Dozens of Palestinian youth were reported injured in clashes with Israeli forces throughout the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza on Friday.

A 22-year-old Palestinian, Mahmoud Shalaldeh, also died Friday after he was shot by Israeli forces the previous day during clashes in Hebron that erupted following a funeral of his cousin, who was shot dead by Israeli forces in a hospital.

The latest protests, clashes and bloodshed began in October, triggered by unrest at a major Jerusalem shrine revered by both Muslims and Jews, and quickly spread across Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Israel accuses Palestinian political and religious leaders of inciting the violence. Palestinians say the unrest is the inevitable result of nearly 50 years of Israeli occupation with no hope for gaining independence.

Since Oct. 1, at least 12 Israelis have been killed in stabbings, shootings and other attacks, including Friday's shooting. At least 82 Palestinians have been shot dead by Israeli forces.

Al Jazeera and wire services

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