Palestinian man killed in clash with Israeli forces in Jenin
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Palestinian man killed in clash with Israeli forces in Jenin

Border police say 23-year-old was shot as he attempted to hurl explosives at troops in West Bank city’s refugee camp

An Israeli soldier from the Givati Brigade searches in the refugee camp in the West Bank city of Jenin, on June 19, 2014 (IDF Spokesperson/Flash90)
An Israeli soldier from the Givati Brigade searches in the refugee camp in the West Bank city of Jenin, on June 19, 2014 (IDF Spokesperson/Flash90)

A Palestinian man was shot and killed by Israeli security forces in the Jenin refugee camp, early Wednesday.

The army said he was targeted after he attempted to hurl a bomb at troops.

Ezzedine Ghora, 23, was hit by two bullets in his arm and chest, and died before reaching the hospital, Palestinian medical sources said.

According to a statement by Israel Police, a border police SWAT team was in the northern West Bank refugee camp early Wednesday morning to conduct an arrest operation.

Upon leaving the camp, the force identified a suspect preparing to throw an explosive device at them.

One of the border police shot him and wounded him, the statement said, noting the device likely exploded near the suspect.

Palestinian reports noted that clashes between troops and residents in the flashpoint camp preceded the shooting.

The Jenin refugee camp was considered an epicenter of the Second Intifada in the 2000s and earned a reputation as a hub for Palestinian militant activity.

A notorious 2002 battle in the camp left 23 IDF soldiers and 48 Palestinian militants dead, according to IDF figures.

The camp is located in Area A, which is under the security and political jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority.

The IDF and PA security forces often cooperate on security and intelligence issues in Area A.

AFP contributed to this report.

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