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Palestinian said killed by Israeli forces near Hebron during clashes

Israeli army says troops raided West Bank town of Halhul to investigate a business suspected of terror financing; PA identifies deceased as Mahmoud Fayez Abu Ayhor, 27

Illustrative: IDF soldiers prepare to engage during clashes with Palestinians in the West Bank city of Hebron on May 12, 2021. (Wissam Hashlamoun/Flash90)
Illustrative: IDF soldiers prepare to engage during clashes with Palestinians in the West Bank city of Hebron on May 12, 2021. (Wissam Hashlamoun/Flash90)

A 27-year-old Palestinian man was shot and killed by Israeli troops during clashes on Thursday afternoon in Halhul, near Hebron in the West Bank, the Palestinian Authority Health Ministry said.

According to the Israeli military, fighting broke out while troops were carrying out a raid on a Halhul business suspected of financing the Hamas terror group. Some NIS 1.1 million ($330,000) was confiscated during the operation and the business’s doors were welded shut, the army said.

“A riot broke out in which dozens of Palestinians threw stones, explosive devices, and Molotov cocktails at Israeli troops, who used riot control means and gunfire. Hits were identified,” the Israeli army said.

The PA Health Ministry identified the dead Palestinian man as Mahmoud Fayez Abu Ayhor. Hamas hailed Abu Ayhor as a “heroic martyr,” but did not claim him as a member of the terror group.

Palestinian health officials say three other Palestinians were rushed to Al-Ahli Hospital in Hebron after being struck by live fire. Another two were wounded with rubber bullets, according to the PA Health Ministry.

In another video from the scene, soldiers can be seen arresting a Palestinian suspect — identified by a Palestinian prisoners’ group as Majdi Abu Yousef — in Halhul.

The Israeli army said some Palestinians were detained during the raid but all were subsequently released.

Nine terror suspects were detained in separate predawn operations Thursday, the army said.

Tensions between Israel and the Palestinians have seethed in recent months. A deadly wave of terror attacks in Israeli cities claimed the lives of 19 people between late March and mid-May. The military stepped up its West Bank activities in an attempt to crack down on the spiraling violence.

At least 30 Palestinians were killed over the same period, according to Palestinian health officials.

According to the PA, 62 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in the West Bank and East Jerusalem so far this year. Both tallies include many killed while committing violent terror attacks or participating in clashes with Israeli forces. Others appear to have bystanders who were not involved in hostilities.

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