Palestinian Killed by Israeli Military Fire After Attempted Shooting in West Bank

26-year-old Palestinian shot dead after he allegedly fired at Israeli forces from inside a vehicle

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The settlement of Psagot, where the suspects were seen approaching, in July.
The settlement of Psagot, where the suspects were seen approaching, in July.Credit: Hadas Parush

 A Palestinian man was shot dead late Wednesday by Israeli forces in the West Bank after he has opened fire at Israeli troops, according to the military.

The Palestinian Health Ministry reported that Muhammad Issa Abbas, 26, was shot in the back near the al-Amari refugee camp in Ramallah.

A military force entered the West Bank city of al-Bireh after it has identified suspects on their way to the settlement of Psagot, the army said. According to a military statement, shots were fired at the troop from a passing-by vehicle. Soldiers then opened fire at the car and hit the shooter.

There were no soldier casualties, and the car managed to escape the scene.

Following the shooting, dozens of Palestinians clashed with Israeli forces, who dispersed the demonstrations. Israeli forces are scanning the area. Witnesses say it was not clear if Abbas was involved in the shooting or if he was hurt during the clashes.

Muhammad Issa AbbasCredit: Facebook account of Muhammad Issa Abbas

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh called on the United Nations and human rights groups to take immediate action to stop "the executions of the Israeli army in the West Bank." 

The shooting comes amid a recent jump in Israeli-Palestinian violence in the West Bank and east Jerusalem.

On Tuesday, Israeli troops killed a man who allegedly attempted to carry out a car-ramming attack in the northern West Bank. Last week, a Palestinian gunman killed an Israeli man near an unauthorized West Bank settlement outpost.

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