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Body of Palestinian boy delivered to medical workers after he was shot by Israeli soldiers near Yitzhar

Sept. 20, 2008 10:06 A.M. (Updated: Sept. 20, 2008 10:06 A.M.)
Nablus - Ma'an - Fifteen-year-old Suhayb Salih was shot dead by Israeli border police who reported seeing the man attempt to "infiltrate" the Yitzhar settlement south of Nablus on Saturday, and light a Molotov cocktail at the southern entrance.

When Red Crescent workers identified the body, local residents reported that his brother, 18-year-old Ahmad Salih was killed in the same place in 2002.

Local sources told Ma'an that Shuayb was left bleeding to death on the bypass road between Yitzhar and Palestinian village of Asirah Al-Qiblia, and later brought to Huwwara checkpoint to be retrieved by Palestinian medical workers. Shuayb was taken to the Rafedia Hospital in Nablus where he was identified.

Five years earlier, Shuayb's brother Ahmad broke into Yitzhar with an automatic weapon and seriously injured two Israeli soldiers. The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP)

Eyewitnesses asserted that they heard gunshots near Yitzhar before Israeli forces deployed heavily and prevented Palestinian residents from getting close to the area.

According to the Israeli army, the man exited a car at the southern entrance of the settlement and walked towards the inhabited section of the area. Soldiers reported seeing the man light a Molotov cocktail, and shot him dead before he had a chance to throw it.

Israeli forces claimed they found a knife on the dead man's person. They claimed that he was planning to stab Israelis in the settlement, mirroring the now popular story of last week's attack on Yitzhar, when a Palestinian was surprised by a young settler boy as he set fire to the homes of Shalhevet, an illegal Israeli outpost, and inflicted mild stab wounds before fleeing the scene. Settlers from Yitzhar then rioted, and swarmed that nearby Palestinian villages of Asira Al-Qibliya, injuring ten Palestinians, and causing severe damage to homes, cars and agricultural areas.

***Updated 11:59 Bethlehem time
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