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Troops kill Palestinian hurling firebombs near Bethlehem — IDF

Soldiers open fire at two suspects in southern West Bank, striking one who succumbs to his wounds; second suspect arrested at scene, Hamas flag found nearby

Illustrative: Palestinians light a Molotov cocktail during clashes with Israeli forces in the neighborhood of Shuafat in East Jerusalem, on May 14, 2021. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP)
Illustrative: Palestinians light a Molotov cocktail during clashes with Israeli forces in the neighborhood of Shuafat in East Jerusalem, on May 14, 2021. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP)

Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian man who was throwing Molotov cocktails at Israeli vehicles outside of Bethlehem in the southern West Bank on Thursday night, the army said.

The soldiers opened fire on two suspects who were targeting Israeli cars passing near the village of Beit Jala, according to an Israel Defense Forces spokesperson.

One suspect was struck by the gunfire and died at the scene after receiving first aid. The second person was arrested by the soldiers.

No Israeli soldiers or civilians were injured in the incident.

Israeli soldiers found a Hamas flag at a lookout point where the suspects had allegedly thrown the firebombs.

Beit Jala, sandwiched between Jerusalem and Bethlehem, sits above Route 60, a main traffic artery traversing the West Bank which connects the capital to the Etzion settlement bloc and Hebron.

The shooting transpired almost 24 hours after a Border Police officer was seriously injured in an apparent car ramming near the Qalandiya checkpoint north of Jerusalem.

The 20-year-old officer was taken to Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical with moderate injuries, but his condition deteriorated overnight to serious but stable, the hospital said.

Police said the ramming occurred while troops were working to move illegal structures built in an area near the West Bank crossing.

The suspect was placed under arrest at the scene of the ramming and transferred to the custody of the Shin Bet security service for questioning.

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