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Israeli forces shoot, kill Palestinian in Jenin camp

June 10, 2015 9:42 A.M. (Updated: June 10, 2015 5:47 P.M.)
JENIN (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces shot dead a young Palestinian man in the Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank early Wednesday morning, Palestinian security officials say.

Izz al-Din Walid Bani Gharra, 21, was shot in the chest during clashes with Israeli forces who raided the camp at dawn. He was evacuated to the public hospital in Jenin where he died shortly after, sources told Ma'an.

Israeli police, in a statement on the incident, said a border police force was in the refugee camp to carry out arrests.

"Upon leaving the camp, the force identified a suspect trying to throw an explosive device at them," it said.

One of the border police shot him and wounded him, the statement said, adding that the device probably exploded near the suspect.

In an online statement attributed to the Jenin branch of Hamas, the group appeared to claim Gharra as a member.

"Hamas bids farewell to its heroic martyr... and urges the Palestinian Authority and its security forces to stop their security coordination" with Israel, it said, referring to ongoing coordination that resulted from a now unpopular agreement under the 1993 Oslo accords.

Gharra is the twelfth Palestinian to be killed by Israeli forces in occupied East Jerusalem, West Bank, and Gaza since the start of 2015, according to UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, with over 900 injured, not including injuries resulting from settler violence.

One Israeli has been killed in the same time period.

Search and arrest raids are regular practice by Israeli forces, who have conducted a weekly average of 86 raids this year, up from 75 a week in 2014, according to a May report by the UN Special Coordinator (UNSCO).

Such raids often result in what rights groups argue is excessive use of force by Israeli soldiers against locals, who often throw rocks and bottles at the forces.

Since 2000, Israeli security forces have killed over 8,896 Palestinians, over 1,900 of whom have been children, according to rights group Defense for Children International.

AFP contributed to this report.
Comments
MIKE LEVINSON / USA
The Israeli forces don't belong in the refugee camps in the first place, and they don't belong in Palestinian areas at all. The IDF cannot invade Palestinian land and then claim self-defense when somebody fights back. I do not support violence, but I actively support BDS!!!
11/06/2015 20:10
Tibi / Tubas
-1- Trying to throw bombs at soldiers will often get you killed,
regardless of what country you try to do it, and
-2- Israel's soldiers are more prepared than most, since
Palestinians try to do it so often !!
14/06/2015 05:12
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