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Jenin man shot dead by Israeli forces

Oct. 31, 2013 9:57 A.M. (Updated: Nov. 1, 2013 7:59 P.M.)
JENIN (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces shot and killed a young Palestinian man during clashes in the Jenin town of Qabatiya overnight Wednesday, locals said.

Ahmad Imad Tazaza, 20, died instantly after being shot in the chest, medics told Ma'an.

Witnesses say that a large Israeli military force raided Qabatiya at 1 a.m. and detained Rasim Tawfiq Khuzaima, 60, Momen Sabaneh, 23, Ayman Abed al-Rahman Abu al-Rub, 27, and Imad Shawkat Zakarneh.

Clashes broke out in the town following the arrest raid, during which time Tazaza was shot, locals say.

His body was transferred to Jenin government hospital where he was pronounced dead.

An Israeli army spokeswoman told Ma'an that "during an overnight activity in Qabatiya a violent riot erupted as forces were exiting the scene."

"Approximately 50 Palestinians hurled improvised devices as well as rocks at military vehicles. Reports of an injured Palestinian are being reviewed."

'Murdered in cold blood'

After the shooting, hundreds of people gathered in Jenin to accompany the body from the morgue back to Qabatiya for a funeral later in the morning, an AFP correspondent said.

Locals said the Tazaza was a member of Islamic Jihad, but there was no immediate official confirmation.

Ahmad's uncle, Abdul Raziq Taraza, said Israeli forces killed his nephew in "cold blood" while he was working in the village.

"Ahmad was emptying products from a truck inside a market when Israeli soldiers began shooting at people in the market. Ahmad ran away to hide behind a wall, and he was peering out to see the situation and that's when he was shot by a bullet in his heart," he told Ma'an.

"After Ahmad was shot he ran away to one of the stores but fell down and died inside the ambulance before reaching the hospital."

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights said it was deeply concerned over the use of "excessive force by Israeli forces against the Palestinian civilians in disregard for the civilians' lives."

Israeli forces routinely raid West Bank towns and villages to arrest Palestinians, usually on the pretext of security questioning.

Israeli forces have killed at least 20 people in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip this year.

The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.

AFP contributed to this report
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