IDF sources deny Palestinian killed by army fire

Ahmed Tazata was reported shot after Palestinians threw rocks at Israeli forces near Jenin; four Hamas members captured in Ramallah

An illustrative photo of a Palestinian confronting Israeli Border Policemen in the West Bank. (Issam Rimawi/Flash90)
An illustrative photo of a Palestinian confronting Israeli Border Policemen in the West Bank. (Issam Rimawi/Flash90)

Ahmed Tazata, 20, a Palestinian who was reportedly shot and killed by IDF soldiers during a Thursday morning clash near Jenin in the West Bank, was actually injured in an “internal conflict” among Palestinian factions, according to a report Thursday afternoon.

Tazata had been injured and was already hospitalized at the time of the confrontation between Israeli troops and a group of Palestinian stone-throwers, during which he was reported by Palestinian media to have been killed, according to Israel Radio, which cited anonymous IDF sources.

Palestinian news agency Ma’an said earlier Thursday that Tazata was killed during the confrontation, and quoted Palestinian medics who said the man was shot in the chest and died of his wounds.

An IDF spokesperson had said the clash broke out in a village after some 50 Palestinians threw stones at IDF troops, who responded with anti-riot measures. She added that troops fired into the air when they felt their life was in danger and said the army would investigate the report that a person was killed.

There were no injuries on the Israeli side, the army said.

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According to Ma’an, the troops entered the town to arrest a number of suspects at about 1 a.m. Thursday.

The IDF said it arrested four people in the town, and eight others around the West Bank during the night.

On Tuesday, clashes between Palestinians and troops were reported in two other villages near Jenin after Israeli forces entered.

Separately, the Islamic militant group Hamas said Israel arrested four of its senior members in Ramallah.

Several Palestinians have been killed in fighting with Israeli soldiers seeking to arrest suspects in the West Bank in recent months.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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