Palestinian Killed by Israeli Military Fire in Hebron, Health Ministry Says

This comes against the backdrop of an ongoing terror wave which took the lives of 11 Israelis in one week

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Ahmad Yunis al-Atrash, 29, who was killed during clashes with Israeli soldiers in Hebron on Friday.
Ahmad Yunis al-Atrash, 29, who was killed during clashes with Israeli soldiers in Hebron on Friday.
Jack Khoury
Jack Khoury

A Palestinian man was killed by Israeli military fire during clashes in the West Bank city of Hebron, the Palestinian Health Ministry said Friday.  

Ahmad Yunis al-Atrash, 29, was shot in the head and then taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

An Israeli soldier operating at the scene reportedly identified a suspect who had thrown a Molotov cocktail and responded with gunfire, critically wounding al-Atrash, a security source said.

Al-Atrash had previously served a prison sentence in Israel and was released about a year and a half ago. 

This comes against the backdrop of an ongoing terror wave which took the lives of 11 Israelis in one week, a security crackdown, and escalating tensions ahead of Ramadan.

A Palestinian government spokesperson said that "the daily raids by the Israeli army and the shooting at Palestinians and imposition of terror on the eve of Ramadan indicate [Israel] plans for escalation against Palestinians at this sensitive time."

On Thursday morning, two Palestinians were killed in a gun battle with Israeli troops on Thursday morning in Jenin's refugee camp after a rare daylight arrest operation.

The operation was carried out to arrest Palestinians suspected of being connected to the Bnei Brak terror attack on Tuesday in which five Israelis were killed.

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