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Witness: Allenby victim shot 3 times in chest

March 11, 2014 2:18 A.M. (Updated: March 12, 2014 10:39 A.M.)
JERICHO (Ma'an) -- A man who was with Raed Zeiter, who was shot dead Monday by Israeli troops at the Allenby Bridge crossing with Jordan, says he suffered three gunshot wounds to the chest.

Mohammad Zayd told Ma'an that about 8 a.m. he, Zeiter and another woman were late to return to the bus after the first Israeli inspection point.

When they were returning, an Israeli soldier pushed Zeiter, they started scuffling and Zeiter was brought to the floor. Zeiter then stood up and shoved the soldier, who in turn fired a shot that barely missed Zeiter, Zayd said.

The soldier then proceeded to fire three shots that hit Zeiter in the chest, leaving him dead on the floor, Zayd added, explaining that he tried to resuscitate Zeiter to no avail.

Zayd added that medics arrived almost an hour later, and covered Zeiter's body, while Israeli police closed the scene and unloaded passengers off the bus and ordered them to the ground in order to search them.

Israeli soldiers then recorded accounts from people on the bus, and asked them about Zeiter, he added.

Earlier, an Israeli army spokeswoman said "a Palestinian attempted to the seize the weapon of an Israeli soldier at the Allenby Bridge crossing with Jordan. Israeli soldiers opened fire and a hit was identified."

Army commander Yaron Beit On, speaking in a conference call with reporters later in the day, said that as the man attempted to snatch an Israeli soldier's gun, another soldier shot him in the leg.

The man then managed to grab a metal bar from one of the Israeli troops, Beit On said. When he tried to use it as a weapon, a soldier shot and killed him.

He said that the incident occurred at around 9:30 a.m., and that the man was carrying two suitcases with him.
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