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Forensics confirm Dura man shot by Israeli forces

July 2, 2013 11:24 A.M. (Updated: July 5, 2013 10:22 A.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian man who died of wounds Tuesday sustained during clashes with Israeli forces in Dura was killed by an expanding bullet, the Hebron public hospital's forensic doctors told Ma'an.

The hospital's director said forensics confirmed Muatazz Sharawnah, 19, was shot with a "dum-dum" bullet, putting to rest speculation earlier on the man's cause of death.

The Israeli army told Ma'an that it could not confirm the cause of death but said Israeli forces had opened fire during clashes in the Dura city in the southern West Bank district of Hebron.

Earlier, a Palestinian security source had said Sharawnah was struck "deliberately" by a military vehicle.

The Israeli army told Ma'an that the incident was currently being investigated to ascertain Sharawnah's cause of death.

"Initial evidence suggests that one of the suspects began ascending one of the military vehicles. (Israeli forces) once again warned the suspect, and used riot dispersal means. Finally they had to respond with fire towards one of the suspects," the spokeswoman told Ma'an.

The army said it was unable to confirm yet if Sharawnah was shot by forces or was struck down by the car, pending the investigation, and said it would be releasing more details on the incident once available.

Locals said Israeli forces impeded the access of Palestinian Red Crescent Association paramedics when they attempted to reach Sharawnah to offer emergency care and evacuate him to hospital.

Medics from Hebron's public hospital declared Sharawnah dead on Tuesday morning.

Locals said Sharawnah was a student at the Palestinian Authority Military Academy in Jericho.

Israeli forces deployed heavily in the city and erected a number of checkpoints following the incident.

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