Palestinian rock-thrower shot dead by soldiers in West Bank – IDF
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Palestinian rock-thrower shot dead by soldiers in West Bank – IDF

Army looking into claim troops delayed ambulance at the scene, near Ramallah; video shows soldiers treating wounded man

A demonstrator throws a stone at Israeli soldiers during clashes in the West Bank village of Nebi Saleh near Ramallah, April 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
A demonstrator throws a stone at Israeli soldiers during clashes in the West Bank village of Nebi Saleh near Ramallah, April 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

A 21-year-old Palestinian was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers Wednesday morning in the village of Nebi Saleh, northwest of Ramallah, after he threw rocks at soldiers operating in the area, the IDF said.

Riots apparently erupted when Israeli troops entered the village as part of an operation.

B’Tselem said the man was seriously injured by gunfire during the incident, and that the army delayed an ambulance from leaving the scene to take him to hospital. The IDF said it was looking into the claim.

The Haaretz daily quoted a military source as saying that during a violent protest in the village, a demonstrator was shot by troops using live ammunition.

A video apparently taken after the incident and shared on social media shows Israeli soldiers attempting to treat the man as angry protesters shout at them.

Palestinian media identified the dead man as Azzedine Tamimi, 21, saying he was shot in the neck.

Meanwhile, Palestinians said another man was shot in the leg and wounded by soldiers in nearby Bayt Rima.

Recent weeks have seen an uptick in violence in the area after an Israeli soldier was killed by a marble slab dropped on his head from a building in the al-Am’ari refugee camp near Ramallah.

Subsequent arrest raids were met with violent rioting and at least 13 injured Palestinians.

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