Israeli Army Launches Probe Into Fatal West Bank Shooting of 21-year-old Palestinian

Izz ad-Din a-Tamimi was killed Wednesday by Israeli fire during clashes in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh; IDF claims he hurled rocks at soldiers, triggering response

Israeli soldiers firing tear gas during clashes with Palestinian protesters near Nablus.
AP / Nasser Ishtayeh

The Israeli military police opened on Thursday an investigation into the death of Izz ad-Din a-Tamimi, a 21-year-old Palestinian, who was killed Wednesday by army fire during clashes in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh.

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According to the army, Tamimi was shot at after he hurled a rock at soldiers who entered the village as part of an arrest operation. According to IDF Spokesperson's Unit, one of the soldiers was hit in the head by the rock that Tamimi had hurled and responded to the injury by firing at him.

Eyewitnesses said that Tamimi was shot in the neck. An Israeli soldier treated him and he was evacuated to the hospital in Ramallah, where he was pronounced dead.

Izz ad-Din a-Tamimi

One of the villagers told Haaretz that Tamimi was wanted by Israeli security forces. In Nabi Saleh they said that the military searched for him last February in order to arrest him, apparently due to suspicions that he engaged in rock-hurling in the past. Several of his family members had also been detained by the military in the past.