Palestinian man killed when IDF jeep flips near Ramallah

Abdullah Iyyad Ghanem, 22, crushed by vehicle during clashes in West Bank village of Kafr Malik

An IDF jeep, January 3, 2014 (illustrative photo: David Buimovitch/Flash90)
An IDF jeep, January 3, 2014 (illustrative photo: David Buimovitch/Flash90)

A 22-year-old Palestinian man was killed in the West Bank Sunday morning when an IDF jeep flipped over, crushing him.

The IDF said in a statement that during operations near Ramallah, the Israeli vehicle flipped over and struck a Palestinian suspected of throwing a Molotov cocktail at the IDF soldiers.

The incident took place in Kafr Malik, east of Ramallah, during riots in which Palestinians threw rocks and firebombs at IDF soldiers, the army said.

The IDF said the jeep swerved to miss the firebomb and struck the Palestinian man. It said Israeli forces later entered Kafr Malik to try and provide medical assistance to the man, but the Palestinian had already died from his wounds.

Palestinian security sources told AFP the IDF struck the man with their jeep.

Palestinian media identified the man as Abdullah Iyyad Ghanem, of Kafr Malik.

The IDF said it opened an investigation into the incident. It was not immediately clear if Israeli soldiers were injured in the crash.

Hamas issued a statement saying it mourned the death of Ghanem and called upon Palestinians “to step up the resistance against the occupation, and to respond to the Zionist endless and daily crimes.”

Photos shared online appeared to show the overturned jeep after the accident.

It was the second death of a Palestinian in clashes with Israeli forces in less than a week, after a man was shot dead during a confrontation with the army on Wednesday in a northern West Bank refugee camp.

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