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Palestinian man shot while walking across closed Huwwara checkpoint

Oct. 13, 2008 8:16 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 13, 2008 8:16 P.M.)
Nablus - Ma'an - A 20-year-old Palestinian man was injured by live fire after Israeli soldiers shot at him as he walked through the Huwwara checkpoint south of Nablus on Monday evening.

Adham Shihadah had been waiting at the military checkpoint for about two hours. The usually busy checkpoint was crowded with hundreds of travelers as the backlog of people spilled out of the bare metal structure leading to the crossing.

Eyewitnesses said that Shihadah simply began walking through the crossing, despite Israeli soldiers yelling and telling him, as well as the pressing crowd, to stop and wait.

The man did not stop walking until one of the bullets fired by the Israeli soldiers at the crowd hit him in the foot.

Palestinian medical sources said Shihadah was transferred to the Rafidia government hospital in Nablus by a private car. His injuries were described as "light to medium."

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