Palestinian reported killed by IDF fire in Hebron

Clashes erupt when army enters refugee camp after Molotov cocktail thrown at Israeli vehicle; two others injured

Stuart Winer is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

A Palestinian man was killed and eight others were injured, one of them seriously, during a violent clash with Israel Defense Forces soldiers in the Hebron area on Tuesday night, Palestinian news sources reported.

Mahmoud Titi, 25, was shot by soldiers and later died of his wounds in the hospital, the Palestinian Ma’an news agency reported. The IDF said it was looking into the report.

Hamas TV in Hebron reported Titi was a member of the Islamist organization, according to Israel Radio.

The incident happened after IDF forces entered the Al Fawar refugee camp in the West Bank city. The soldiers advanced into the camp after a Molotov cocktail was thrown at a passing Israeli vehicle, the IDF said after an initial investigation.

Palestinian youths began throwing stones at the soldiers who responded with tear gas and then, believing their lives to be in danger, with live fire, Army Radio said.

An Associated Press photographer said the victim was among dozens throwing rocks at Israeli troops near the city of Hebron.

Two other Palestinians were also shot, one in the stomach and another in the leg. One of them was later said to be in critical condition.

Palestinians have increasingly complained in recent weeks of the use of live fire by Israeli forces. The military says it only uses live fire in situations it considers life-threatening.

The clashes came two weeks after several days of violence erupted between Palestinians and IDF soldiers in Hebron and other areas in the West Bank, brought on by the death of a Palestinian in Israeli prison. There have also been clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces for two Fridays in succession at the Temple Mount.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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