West Bank Palestinian killed in clash with IDF soldiers

Troops open fire on Munir Ahmed Badarin, 22, near Hebron, reportedly after he throws rocks at them

IDF soldiers in Hebron on June 17, 2014. (photo credit: AFP Photo/Hazem Bader)
IDF soldiers in Hebron on June 17, 2014. (photo credit: AFP Photo/Hazem Bader)

A Palestinian was killed by Israeli military personnel near the southern West Bank city of Hebron early Monday morning.

Munir Ahmed Badarin, 22, was throwing rocks at an reservist IDF patrol near Al-Samua, and was shot by the patrol in its attempt to arrest him, Channel 2 reported.

Badarin suffered wounds in his abdomen and thigh and succumbed to his wounds at Yatta hospital south of Hebron, the Palestinian Ma’an news agency reported.

IDF troops in the West Bank arrested 25 Palestinians overnight as part an ongoing campaign to hunt down the killers of Israeli teenagers Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gil-ad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Fraenkel, 16, who were abducted and slain last month.

Palestinian security sources said soldiers had arrested 13 people from the Hebron area overnight, three of them Hamas parliamentarians: Nayef Rajub from Dura, Mohammed Jheisha from Idhna and Mohammed Akel from Dhahiriya.

The killing of the teenagers triggered a chain of events that led to a major confrontation between Israel and Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip, which has claimed more than 170 Palestinian lives in six days.

After the teens were snatched on June 12, Israel blamed Hamas and began a widespread crackdown on movement in the West Bank, sparking a surge in rocket fire from Gaza.

After a Palestinian teen was killed on July 2, allegedly by Jewish extremists in an apparent revenge killing, the fire from Gaza worsened, and Israel launched a major air campaign on July 8.

Since then, terrorists have fired more than 750 rockets at southern and central Israel, so far without Israeli fatalities.

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