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Palestinian shot dead at Jenin checkpoint

Jan. 20, 2011 11:12 A.M. (Updated: Jan. 21, 2011 8:42 P.M.)
JENIN (Ma'an) -- The Ya'bad Mevo Dotan checkpoint was closed and eyewitnesses said the body of a Palestinian man remained lying in the car passage terminal Thursday after the Israeli military reported an exchange of gunfire saw a man shot.

The slain man, identified as Salem Omar As-Samudi, 24, from Yamoun in the Jenin district, was said by eyewitnesses to have opened fire on Israeli forces at the checkpoint, confirming Israeli military reports saying a man approached checkpoint soldiers and opened fire.

A statement on the military spokesperson's Twitter account said soldiers "responded and killed the terrorist."

Medics said the body of the man was taken to the Jenin Hospital.

On Saturday, Israeli troops stationed at Hamra checkpoint east of Nablus shot and killed a Palestinian man who onlookers identified as 25-year-old Khaldoun Sammoudi, of Al-Yamun village near Jenin.

Palestinian Red Crescent medics said forces initially declared the area a closed military zone and ordered ambulances to stay 300 meters away.

An Israeli military spokesman said a man approached the checkpoint in a taxi, then got out of the vehicle and ran towards forces holding a suspicious object and shouting "Allahu Akbar." He did not heed orders to stop and forces followed operational procedures and shot him, the army official said.

At the same checkpoint on 1 January, soldiers
shot and killed a 21-year-old Palestinian identified as Ahmad Maslamani, who a military spokeswoman said approached soldiers in an unauthorized lane carrying a glass bottle and did not heed orders to stop.

Witnesses said the victim approached the checkpoint carrying a coca-cola can, a female soldier shouted at him and two male soldiers immediately opened fire. Medics said Maslamani's body was riddled with bullets.

Media reports later revealed doubt over the issue of proper protocol. Israel's Ynet news site said an initial inquiry revealed several issues with the incident, with two soldiers who were not in harm's way firing on Dharaghma, a shot hitting him in the leg, debilitating him, and then further shots to his upper body which he sustained after soldiers saw he was unarmed.

According to the report, the soldier said that he felt his life was in danger when he decided to fire his weapon, while two other soldiers said they were firing to help their friend.
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