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Clashes in Dura after man killed by Israeli forces

July 2, 2013 2:48 P.M. (Updated: July 4, 2013 10:21 A.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Clashes broke out in the Hebron town of Dura after medics pronounced a Palestinian man dead on Tuesday after being shot by Israeli forces, locals told Ma'an.

Witnesses said that seven Palestinians were detained during the clashes, identified as Bahaa Ismail Sharwnah, Anan Atiyeh Nammurah, Nathir Anwar Sharawnah, Muhammad Hussein Amr, Fadi Sami Masalmah, Mahmoud Azmi Hajja, and Muayyad al-Sous.

Bahha had been injured before he was detained.

The Israeli army did not immediately return a request for comment.

Muatazz Sharawnah, 19, died on Tuesday from wounds sustained during clashes with Israeli forces in Dura overnight Monday.

Initial reports indicated that Sharawnah was hit by an Israeli military vehicle during the overnight clashes, with a Palestinian security source saying he was struck "deliberately" by Israeli forces.

The director of Hebron's Alia hospital later said that forensics had confirmed that Sharawnah was shot with an expanding "dum-dum" bullet.

An Israel military spokeswoman confirmed an incident in the town, but said initial reports suggested soldiers had fired at a youth who had climbed onto a military vehicle.

Palestinian sources said an autopsy would be conducted to determine the cause of death, meaning the funeral would take place at 4.30 p.m. in Dura.

Following the incident, shops and business were closed throughout the town as a sign of mourning, an AFP correspondent said.

Sharawna's death raised to nine the number of Palestinians killed in clashes with the Israeli army in the occupied West Bank since the start of the year, six of whom died in the Hebron area, Palestinian officials said.

AFP contributed to this report
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