Jerusalem: Israeli forces shot dead a
Palestinian man during clashes in a West Bank village while
violence broke out in east Jerusalem on a day when the
Palestinians made a historic bid to become a UN member state.
Thousands of Palestinians gathered in Ramallah to
celebrate the historic moment amid heightened tensions.
Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas today handed
over a landmark request to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
seeking a full UN membership for a Palestinian state.
Essam Kamal Badran, 35, was killed in clashes in the West
Bank village of Qusra, close to Nablusm Hany Abu Murad, the
mayor of the village told local media.
Reports said clashes erupted after a group of Israeli
settlers from a nearby outpost entered the village and began
Earlier in the day, violence broke out in and around east
Jerusalem area when Palestinian youths hurled stones at
Israeli security forces in the neighbourhood of Ras Al-Amud.
A group of Palestinians wearing masks threw stones at
Israeli police officers and border guards, who chased them and
Residents of the neighborhood of Ras Al-Amud claimed that
two people were wounded in the leg, but Israel police said
that those wounds were caused when at least one of the wounded
jumped over a fence and apparently broke his leg from the
Residents of east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Beit Hanina
also scuffled with border guards.
Three Arab youths were arrested on suspicion of burning
tires and throwing rocks at the security forces.
Two young Palestinians were arrested soon after on
suspicion of forcefully trying to enter Jerusalem`s
flashpoint, the Temple Mount, as Israeli and Palestinian
forces braced up to quell possible violence due to
developments at the United Nations.
In the West Bank city of Ramallah, thousands of
Palestinians packed into the centre to celebrate the
submission of their bid to the UN general Assembly.
They waved Palestinian flags, and chanted "Palestine 194"
as giant television screens were set up in city squares for
residents to watch Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas deliver
a historic address to the 193 member states of the UN General