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Palestinian killed by IDF gunfire near Hebron
Troops shoot Palestinian who attempts to breach security fence near Meitar Crossing; youth was on his way to Israel for work, Palestinian sources say

A Palestinian youth was shot and killed by IDF troops south of Mount Hebron in the West Bank on Saturday.

 

According to Palestinian sources, the youth was shot as he attempted to flee soldiers on patrol in the area while he was on his way to Israel for work.

 

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He was taken to the Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba, where he died of his wounds.

 

The IDF said that around 3 pm the Palestinian attempted enter Israel illegally by breaching the security fence near the Meitar Crossing. An army unit that was dispatched to the scene initiated suspect arrest protocol, but the youth refused to heed the soldiers' calls, prompting them to fire warning shots in the air.

 

When the suspected attempted to run, they shot his lower limbs, injuring him critically. He was unarmed.

 

The army confirmed he had later died of his wounds, adding that the incident was under investigation.



 

Palestinian sources in Gaza reported Friday that a 22-year-old man was killed and another was injured by IDF gunfire east of the city of Jabalia. The army said that troops fired warning shots at a Palestinian who attempted to cut the border fence. Officials confirmed that a man was hit in his leg.

 

Yoav Zitun contributed to the report

 

 

 

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