Palestinian Killed by Israeli Military Fire After Attempting to Cross Separation Barrier

Mohammed Ara'am, a resident of the Gaza Strip, entered Israel in 2019 for medical treatment and never returned to the enclave

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A soldier near the separation fence, last month.
A soldier near the separation fence, last month.Credit: Amir Levy

Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian man on Sunday near the West Bank city of Tul Karm after he had attempted to cross the separation barrier, the army said.

The forces acted in accordance with the rules of engagement before opening fire, the IDF's Spokesperson's Unit said in a statement. The Palestinian man was taken to Sheba Medical Center in Tel Aviv, where he was pronounced dead.

The man was identified as Mahmoud Arram, a resident of the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian Health Ministry said. Ara'am entered Israel in 2019 for medical treatment and never returned to the Strip.

The closure imposed on Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza during Israel's Memorial Day and Independence Day was extended following the terror attack in the ultra-Orthodox city of Elad last week.

A situation assessment is set to take place on Sunday in order to decide whether to further extend the closure. According to the Israeli Border Police, 341 Palestinians were apprehended over the weekend for entering Israel illegally.

Earlier on Sunday, a 24-year-old Israeli police officer was moderately wounded in a stabbing attack at Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City.

The attacker was shot by Israeli forces and was taken to receive medical treatment in serious condition, a spokesperson for the Israel Police said.

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