Soldiers fatally shoot Palestinian near Hebron

Troops open fire at 21-year-old spotted crossing into Israel illegally; investigation underway

IDF troops shot dead a Palestinian who was trying to enter Israel illegally south of Hebron on Saturday.

According to Palestinian sources, the man, 21-year-old Uday Kamil Muhammad Darwish, from the town of Dura, was shot in the back after he spotted an Israeli military patrol and began to run away.

Darwish was evacuated to Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba for treatment.

The IDF’s Spokesman’s Office said the soldiers fired at the man’s legs, in accordance with IDF rules of engagement and that the incident is being investigated.

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On Friday, a Palestinian man from Gaza was shot by soldiers near the northern border with Israel.

Gaza health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said that Anwar Muhammad al-Mamlouk, 22, was killed by Israeli fire east of the Jabalya refugee camp in northern Gaza.

A group of farmers from the city of Jabalya in the Gaza Strip approached the border fence and Israeli soldiers fired towards them, Palestinian sources reported.

The IDF Spokesperson said that the soldiers discerned a group of dozens of Palestinians approaching the border fence and attempting to damage it. The area immediately adjacent to the Israeli border fence is off-limits for Palestinians.

“IDF soldiers at the scene acted in accordance with the rules of engagement,” a military source said. It added that the soldiers fired warning shots in the air, and after the rioters did not distance themselves from the proscribed area, fired shots at the legs of the men and confirmed a hit.

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