Palestinian man shot dead by IDF during clashes, sources say
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Palestinian man shot dead by IDF during clashes, sources say

Israeli troops open fire during arrest near Jenin after mob starts throwing Motolov cocktails and stones

Illustrative: Palestinian youth throw stones at Israeli police during a clash in East Jerusalem, in July 2014. (Sliman Khader/Flash90)
Illustrative: Palestinian youth throw stones at Israeli police during a clash in East Jerusalem, in July 2014. (Sliman Khader/Flash90)

Israel Defense Forces troops shot dead a Palestinian man near the city of Jenin in the northern West Bank on Wednesday, Palestinian medical and security sources said.

Mohammed Alawneh, 22, was killed in clashes that followed an Israeli arrest raid in the village of Birqin, west of Jenin, the sources said.

According to Israel Radio, a mob of Palestinians greeted incoming IDF soldiers with a hail of Molotov cocktails and rocks.

Alawneh was shot in the chest and died shortly after arriving at a hospital in Jenin, the sources said.

The army had no immediate comment on the incident.

A security source told Israeli website Ynet that troops fired one 0.22 caliber bullet from a Ruger rifle toward one of the principal instigators at the scene.

Ruger rifles are occasionally used as a nonlethal measure to disperse violent crowds. Their bullets travel up to 100 meters and contain less gunpowder than standard 5.56 mm bullets used by most infantry units of the IDF.

The incident came after a spate of terror attacks in the West Bank, in which a number of Israelis were wounded or killed in stone throwing and shooting attacks.

Last week, Israel arrested a Hamas terror cell suspected of involvement in the murder of Israeli student Malachy Rosenfeld, 25, who was shot while traveling home on a West Bank road north of Jerusalem.

Several days earlier, security forces arrested a group of Palestinians accused of killing Danny Gonen, an electrical engineering student was was shot dead after visiting a natural spring in the West Bank, near Dolev.

Last month, soldiers shot dead a Palestinian who opened fire at troops at a checkpoint in the Jordan Valley during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

Also in June, a Palestinian stabbed an Israeli policeman in Jerusalem’s Old City before being shot and wounded.

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