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Troops shoot and kill Palestinian man during West Bank arrest raid

Military says man was shot when he and others threw explosives at soldiers in Nablus; Palestinians say 2 others injured

Illustrative: Israeli forces operating in Nablus in a photo released by the IDF on March 18, 2018. (IDF Spokesperson)
Illustrative: Israeli forces operating in Nablus in a photo released by the IDF on March 18, 2018. (IDF Spokesperson)

Troops conducting an arrest raid in the West Bank city of Nablus overnight Sunday opened fire and shot a Palestinian man who was part of a group throwing explosive devices at the soldiers, the military said. Palestinian officials said the man died of his wounds.

According to the army, officers from the Border Police’s undercover unit, accompanied by Israel Defense Forces soldiers, searched a home in the city and arrested a resident after finding a machine gun in his possession.

As the troops left the building, they came under attack from a group who threw explosives at them from a close distance, endangering their lives, the army said.

They opened fire, hitting one of the attackers, who was wounded and taken away by Palestinian medics, the army said.

Palestinian officials said the man, identified as Jamil al-Kayyal, 31, was taken to a nearby hospital with gunshot wounds to the head, where he died.

Two other Palestinians were wounded when hit by an IDF jeep, the officials said.

No casualties were reported among the soldiers.

Israeli forces routinely carry out raids in the West Bank, often meeting resistance from local Palestinians.

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