Palestinian With Israeli Citizenship Shot Dead in West Bank

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Riad Youssef Rashad.
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Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian holding Israeli citizenship in the West Bank overnight, the Palestinian health ministry said on Wednesday.

Village residents said there were no disturbances or clashes in the area at the time of the shooting, which occurred at a checkpoint near the village of Beit Ur Al-Tahta, west of the city of Ramallah.

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The man, 39-year-old Raed Youssef Jadallah, was shot after he came to pick up his son who was returning from work in Israel, they said. His son found him dead as he was trying to reach him on the phone.

Jadallah, who worked as a gardener in Israel, was a father of four children. 

Council head Wagya Ottman said this is a cold-blooded murder. "The soldiers shot [Rashad] with no apparent reason," he added. 

The Palestinian health ministry did not provide further details. 

The Israeli army stated that the incident occurred during a stakeout, when soldiers from the Kfir Brigade noticed an individual lighting a small fire. The unit shot at the individual, who fled the scene, and the soldiers then proceeded to put out the fire. When they inspected the area, they didn't see any blood or lighter fluid.

An hour and a half later, a man with gunshot wounds in his abdomen and leg showed up, and an ambulance was called, the IDF stated. However, he was pronounced dead 20 minutes later.

"The incident is under review, and is simultaneously being investigated by the Military Police Criminal Investigation Division," the military said. "The findings will be transferred to the Military Advocate General's Corps for examination."

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