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IDF soldiers shoot and kill Palestinian fleeing arrest

Army opens inquiry into incident near Hebron; Palestinians identify man as Mohammed Saraheen, 30, from Beit Ula

Illustrative. IDF soldiers at the Al-Aroub intersection near Hebron, July 18, 2016. (Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90)
Illustrative. IDF soldiers at the Al-Aroub intersection near Hebron, July 18, 2016. (Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90)

IDF troops on Thursday shot dead a Palestinian man as he tried to evade arrest near Hebron, the IDF said.

The Palestinian health ministry identified the dead man as Mohammed Saraheen, 30, and Palestinian security officials said Israeli troops shot him during a raid on his home in the village of Beit Ula, near Hebron.

“During an arrest operation in Beit Ula, security forces apprehended one suspect while another attempted to flee the building,” an Israeli army spokeswoman told AFP.

“During the pursuit a force opened fire, resulting in the suspect’s death.”

She could not immediately say who the suspects were or why they were wanted.

The army said it had opened an inquiry into the shooting.

The Hebron area, where Palestinians, Israeli settlers and soldiers live in close proximity, has been a frequent scene of clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinians over the past year, as well as terror attacks by Palestinian assailants.

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