Palestinian Killed by Israeli Fire in West Bank, Health Ministry Says

The Palestinian Health Ministry identified the man as Mahmoud Fayez Abu Ayhour, who was critically wounded by live fire to his upper body

Israeli soldiers conduct an operation in the West Bank town of Jenin, in May.
Israeli soldiers conduct an operation in the West Bank town of Jenin, in May.Credit: AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed

A 27-year- Palestinian was shot and killed Thursday by Israeli fire after clashes broke out near the West Bank city of Hebron, the Palestinian Health Ministry announced.

Mahmoud Fayez Abu Ayhour

The ministry identified the man as Mahmoud Fayez Abu Ayhour, who was critically wounded by live fire to his upper body in clashes near the city of Halhul.

According to the ministry, five other Palestinians were shot and wounded, two of them by rubber bullets.

The Israeli military said in response that it was operating in Halhul to shut down a business which laundered money to fund terrorism, and that around one million shekels (some $300,000) were seized. The statement further elaborated that clashes erupted and firebombs were hurled at troops. Soldiers responded with fire.

IDF forces shutting down the store near Hebron.

Earlier on Thursday, the Israeli military said it had arrested nine Palestinians across the West Bank. The nine are suspected of terror activities, the army said.

Last week, a 17-year-old Palestinian was killed by Israeli military fire west of Ramallah, the Palestinian Health Ministry said. He was the fourth Palestinian reportedly killed by Israeli fire in the span of two days.

According to the ministry's statement, Odeh Sadqa was hit in the chest in the village of al-Midya and was taken to a hospital in Ramallah, where he succumbed to his wounds.

Military officials first said they were not aware of the incident, but later the military's spokesman said in a tweet that Sadqa and two others hurled Molotov cocktails at an Israeli force near the West Bank separation wall.

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