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Palestinian shot dead in West Bank
Israeli army raid of Yatta village resulted in one Palestinian youth killed, and two others injured.
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2012 19:41

A young Palestinian man was shot dead by Israeli troops and two others were injured in Yatta village, south of Hebron, Palestinian medical sources have confirmed.

A source at the Abu Hassan al-Qassim hospital in Yatta confirmed the death of a Palestinian identified as Zakariya Abu Eram.

"The body of a youth in his twenties arrived at the hospital," the source said. "He died from a gunshot wound directly to the head."

Palestinian security sources said the incident occurred after Israeli troops moved into the village to arrest several suspects.

Palestinians in the village of Yata said Abu Eram was shot dead by the soldier after troops came to arrest his uncle, who was released last year as part of a prisoner swap that saw Israel free 1,027 Palestinians in exchange for the release of an Israeli soldier held in the Gaza Strip. 

An Israeli military spokesman confirmed the incident, near the city of Hebron.

"During routine activity in Yatta, a Palestinian man stabbed and injured an IDF soldier who responded by firing at the assailant, injuring him and killing a second Palestinian who accompanied the assailant," he said.

Source:
Al Jazeera and Agencies
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