Palestinian Man Shot Dead by Israeli Army During West Bank Clashes

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Saddam Hussein Bani Odeh.
Saddam Hussein Bani Odeh.Credit: Courtesy of the family

A Palestinian man was mortally wounded by IDF fire, the Palestinian Health Ministry reported, after clashing with Israeli soldiers during an arrest in the northern West Bank overnight Monday.

According to eyewitnesses, forces arrived to the entrance of the village of Tubas to arrest a suspect, where intense confrontations broke out between soldiers and locals. Saddam Hussein Bani Odeh, 26, was shot, and died of his wounds on Tuesday.   

In footage of the incident, Israeli soldiers can be seen carrying out an arrest, and then gunshots and an exchange of fire can be heard. 

The IDF Spokesman's Office said that the army arrested two suspects overnight in the West Bank town of Tubas, north of Tamun. 

The spokesman added Palestinians threw explosives and shot at the Israeli soldiers from a passing car, prompting IDF forces to return fire. No troops were hurt in the incident, which the military said it is investigating.

The Islamic Jihad group released an announcement of Bani Odeh's death, and said that he was one of their militants who fought against Israeli forces.  

Bani Odeh was wounded in confrontations with the IDF in July. Afterwards, he wrote on Facebook, "I don't care if I die, what matters to me is that my homeland be protected." 

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