Palestinian Shot Dead by Army While Trying to Cross Into Israel

According to the military, the man was trying to damage the separation barrier; witnesses say he may have been trying to enter Israel to find work

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Israeli soldiers and border police stationed near the Nablus area, in April.
Israeli soldiers and border police stationed near the Nablus area, in April.Credit: Moti Milrod
Jack Khoury
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A 53-year-old Palestinian man was shot dead by Israeli forces at the West Bank separation barrier Sunday, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.

According to the Israeli military, the man was shot after he damaged the barrier near Qalqilyah in an attempt to cross into Israel.

The IDF issued a statement claiming that "soldiers identified four individuals approaching the fence near the village of Tarkumiya near the Judea original brigade." One of the individuals allegedly tried to cross the security barrier, which resulted in the soldiers opening fire, the statement continued.

In addition, the soldiers identified six suspects who had vandalized the fence before trying to cross it earlier today, near the village of Azzun Atma in the Maccabim area. The soldiers responded with the usual arrest procedure on suspects that includes firing into the air, after which the suspects escaped, according to the military's statement.

Witnesses said the man was a father of four from the village of Sarra near Nablus. They said that he and another worker may have been trying to cross into Israel to find work, and that Israeli soldiers stationed nearby opened fire on them.

On Friday, three Palestinians were shot dead by Israeli forces in Jenin in the West Bank. According to the military, the men had shot at soldiers in the area from a car, who returned fire.

A search of the vehicle after the incident revealed weapons and ammunition, the military said.

After the incident, Hamas spokesman Abd al-Latif al-Qanou said in a statement that "the assassination of these young Palestinians in Jenin by occupation soldiers will only increase the resolve of the Palestinian people to resist."

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