Military police probes death of Palestinian in West Bank clash
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Military police probes death of Palestinian in West Bank clash

Troops opened fire at 23-year-old man last week during a riot sparked by a predawn raid in Tammun, near Jenin

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Illustrative: Israeli soldiers search the area around the West Bank city of Nablus on January 11, 2018, as part of a manhunt after the perpetrators of a lethal terror attack outside a nearby settlement. (Israel Defense Forces)
Illustrative: Israeli soldiers search the area around the West Bank city of Nablus on January 11, 2018, as part of a manhunt after the perpetrators of a lethal terror attack outside a nearby settlement. (Israel Defense Forces)

Israeli military police opened an investigation into the actions of a number of soldiers over the death of a Palestinian man during clashes in the northern West Bank last week, the army said.

Last Wednesday, soldiers from the mixed-gender Lions of the Jordan Valley Battalion conducted a predawn raid in the West Bank village of Tammun, close to Jenin.

During the operation, dozens of residents of the town threw rocks and set off fireworks at the soldiers. In response, the troops fired live rounds, as well as tear gas, at the rioters, the army said at the time.

During those clashes, the man, 21-year-old Muhammed Bisharat, was shot in the chest and subsequently died of his wounds, according to the official Palestinian Authority news agency Wafa.

According to the PA outlet, 10 other Palestinians sustained various injuries during the clashes. No Israeli soldiers were injured.

The IDF Military Police’s investigatory unit — known in Hebrew by its acronym metzach — is looking into the soldiers’ use of force during the riot in order to determine if the live fire was necessary against the reportedly unarmed Bisharat, according to Army Radio.

“A metzach investigation has been opened in order to determine the circumstances behind the event. When it is completed, the findings will be reviewed by the military prosecutor,” the army said in a statement.

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