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Military police open probe into fatal shooting of West Bank Palestinian

Military police open probe into fatal shooting of West Bank Palestinian

Clashes erupted after Israeli troops stormed a number of houses there.

The Palestinian, identified as Ezzeddin Abdul-Hafith Tamimi, 21, was shot by soldiers, who were less than two meters away from him, and logged three live rounds in his neck.

"The soldier responded by firing at the Palestinian, who was wounded and given medical treatment at the scene", it said.

It said the troops were on a search and arrest operation in the village of Nabi Saleh, northwest of Ramallah, when they were confronted by at least 10 stone-throwing Palestinians who hit one soldier in the head. "He was treated at the scene and he was later declared dead".

The United Nations Human Rights Commission also voted to establish a war crimes probe into the deaths of demonstrators, with only the United States and Australia voting against it. Israel blasted the move as ignoring what it says is Hamas' role in the violence and said it won't co-operate with investigators.

The Palestinian Information Ministry, in a statement, said: "The execution of Tamimi in cold blood, with three bullets at close range, proves how much our people are in need of worldwide protection against the Israeli war machine".

Israel's killing of unarmed Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza has earned it severe criticism in recent months.

The IDF said it's investigating this latest incident, in which Izz ad-Din Tamimi was killed, but it's far from the first case of Palestinians being shot.

The Palestinians have been rallying at the fence every Friday since the end of March, protesting an 11-year-old blockade of Gaza and demanding the right to return to lands that are now part of Israel.

Shooting medics is a bit more embarrassing, particularly a photogenic medic like Najjar who was in a lot of media coverage of paramedics risking their lives to treat wounded protesters.

Tensions were further heightened last month after the USA moved its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in a step seen by both Israel and the Palestinians as siding with Israel on the most sensitive issue in the conflict.


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