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Palestinian shot dead by Border Police in predawn operation near Ramallah

Israeli security source confirms man, identified as Ahmad Jamil Fahd, killed by a special unit in Umm al-Sharayet; says he was ‘terror accomplice’

Israeli border police and mounted security forces arrive on May 16, 2021 at the scene where a car-ramming attack wounded several people in East Jerusalem. (Menahem KAHANA / AFP)
Israeli border police and mounted security forces arrive on May 16, 2021 at the scene where a car-ramming attack wounded several people in East Jerusalem. (Menahem KAHANA / AFP)

A young Palestinian man died early Monday morning after being shot by Israeli Border Police near the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Ahmad Jamil Fahd, a resident of the Al-Amari refugee camp near Ramallah, was killed by Border Police gunfire in Umm al-Sharayet, an Israeli security official confirmed.

The circumstances of the shooting were not immediately clear. A Border Police spokesperson declined a request for comment.

The Israeli security official said that Fahd, whom he alleged was an accomplice to terrorists, was shot as Border Police sought to arrest terror operatives in a predawn raid.

“During an attempted arrest of terror operatives in Ramallah, one of their accomplices was killed by gunfire from the Border Police’s special police unit,” the official said, without offering further details.

Israeli forces regularly enter Umm al-Sharayet, which many Palestinians consider a suburb of Ramallah. However, the Oslo Accords, a series of bilateral agreements between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization, zoned the area as West Bank territory in which Israel maintains direct security control.

Recent weeks have seen a spike in attacks on Israeli security forces and civilians in the West Bank and Jerusalem, amid soaring tensions in the capital, as well as an 11-day conflict with terror groups in the Gaza Strip.

Mass demonstrations have also erupted in recent weeks in protest of Israeli airstrikes in Gaza, as well as Israeli policies in Jerusalem. Some of the rallies turned violent, with rioters shooting fireworks, throwing stones, and once using live bullets against Israeli soldiers.

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