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Palestinian Shot Dead by Israeli Forces in West Bank

  • Israeli soldiers firing at Palestinian activists who were throwing rocks at them as they were raiding the news agency Wafa.

    Israeli soldiers firing at Palestinian activists who were throwing rocks at them as they were raiding the news agency Wafa. | Photo: Reuters

Published 11 December 2018

Israeli police said a man was shot after driving his car towards border police at a checkpoint.

A Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli forces near the flashpoint city of Hebron in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday during what Israeli officials claimed was an attack.

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Palestinian official news agency Wafa identified the dead man as Omar Awwad, 27, and said he was shot by Israeli forces near Hebron.

The health ministry confirmed he had died after being taken to hospital.

A statement said Israeli forces had reached Awwad's village Idna to take action against illegal burning of copper taking place there.

In a separate incident in the northern West Bank, a Palestinian car drove toward Israeli security forces involved in enforcing construction laws.

Border policemen fired in the air and apprehended the driver, a 30-year-old resident of the village Jiftlik.

Israeli soldiers raided the offices of Palestinian news agency Wafa on Monday in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, it said.

An Israeli military spokeswoman declined to comment on the report. It was unclear whether the raid was connected with an army search in Ramallah after a gunman believed to be Palestinian opened fire on Israelis outside a nearby Jewish settlement on Sunday.

"They (the soldiers) raided the server room in the bureau and went through the camera recordings in the agency," Wafa said on its website. "They withdrew from the agency's office after they took copies of the security camera footage."

Mobile phone video footage posted on the agency's website showed five soldiers inside what appeared to be the Wafa newsroom, instructing employees to open one of the rooms in the office.

Earlier in the day Palestinan protesters threw rocks at Israeli forces after they entered the West Bank town of Al Bireh.

Later Tuesday, Israeli forces entered the center of the city of Ramallah, home of the Palestinian government, for the second day.

Forces closed several roads near the Palestinian finance ministry, firing tear gas and sound grenades at protesters hurling rocks.

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