Palestinian killed in clash with IDF near Bethlehem
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Palestinian killed in clash with IDF near Bethlehem

Army says 19-year-old led group of rioters, but his family claims he wasn't involved; soldier wounded in exchange

Illustrative photo of IDF soldiers near teh West Bnak city of Bethlehem. (Najeh Hashlamoun/Flash90)
Illustrative photo of IDF soldiers near teh West Bnak city of Bethlehem. (Najeh Hashlamoun/Flash90)

A 19-year-old Palestinian man was shot dead by IDF soldiers during unrest at a refugee camp near the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Palestinian medics said Tuesday.

The IDF said the Palestinians in the area had hurled stones and makeshift explosives at the troops.

Jihad al-Jafari, a supporter of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah movement, was killed in the overnight confrontation at the Deheishe camp, the medics said.

A spokeswoman for the IDF said that troops were attacked by Palestinians throwing stones and incendiary devices, adding that one soldier was wounded.

Jihad al-Jafari, 19, killed in a clash with IDF soldiers near Bethlehem on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 (photo via Twitter)
Jihad al-Jafari, 19, killed in a clash with IDF soldiers near Bethlehem on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 (photo via Twitter)

“After trying in vain to disperse the crowd of attackers, our forces felt in danger and opened fire at the leader of the rioters, who was hit,” the spokeswoman said, without elaborating.

Al-Jafari’s family claimed he was not involved in the clash with the soldiers.

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