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Israel shoots, kills Palestinian, sparking clashes

The body of a Palestinian man lies on the ground after Israeli forces shot him dead

Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian in the southern occupied West Bank village of Tuqu yesterday afternoon, sparking clashes in which at least one Palestinian was injured.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that a Palestinian attempted to stab Israeli soldiers at an Israeli military checkpoint near Tuqu, adding that soldiers shot and killed the man. They added that no Israelis were injured in the case.

A Ma’an reporter present at the scene said that Israeli soldiers fired four shots towards the Palestinian near Tuqu’s school, while eyewitnesses said that an Israeli military vehicle then run him over.

Palestinian medical and security sources identified the slain Palestinian as 26-year-old Muhammad Hussein Ahmad Tnouh.

Israeli forces prevented bystanders and Palestinian medics from approaching the scene, and were seen covering up the Tnouh’s body with a sheet as he lay by an army vehicle’s wheel.

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A spokesperson for the Palestinian Red Crescent told Ma’an that one of the organization’s ambulances had been prevented from accessing and treating Tnouh.

Following the killing, clashes erupted in Tuqu between residents and Israeli forces, as soldiers fired live bullets and rubber-coated steel bullets towards the crowd, injuring a Palestinian police officer who was hit by a rubber-coated steel bullet to the head.

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