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Israeli police shoot, kill Palestinian citizen of Israel during anti-drug operation

July 28, 2016 2:58 P.M. (Updated: July 28, 2016 9:05 P.M.)
Medics treat a young Palestinian citizen of Israel after he was shot by Israeli police in Tel Aviv on July 28, 2016.(Credit Israeli police)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli police shot and killed an 18-year-old Palestinian citizen of Israel in Tel Aviv on Wednesday night during a reported drug-busting operation, Israeli police said.

Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri said in a statement on Thursday morning that a police unit carrying out an anti-drug operation stopped and searched four “suspicious” people at the Tel Aviv central station late on Wednesday, when one of the young men took out a reportedly stolen gun and pointed it at the police officers, who opened fire on him.

The critically injured youth was taken to the Ichilov Medical Center in Tel Aviv and later pronounced dead.

A spokesperson for Ichilov told Ma’an that they could not comment on the extent of the youth’s wounds which resulted in his death.

Al-Samri said the slain Palestinian was a resident of the al-Jawarish neighborhood of the town of Ramla in central Israel. No Israelis were injured in the case, she added, noting that the police was considering the situation to be a criminal incident.

The three other youths fled the scene following the shooting, although The Times of Israel later reported that they had been detained.
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