Unarmed Palestinian shot dead

An unarmed Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli soldiers in the Ram Allah area of the West Bank on Wednesday, Israeli military sources said.

    Israeli soldiers launch incursions into the West Bank regularly

    Independent details about the killing are as yet unavailable.

    However, an Israeli military official said

    "a suspect Palestinian was seen approaching the security fence

    around the base. The soldiers tried to stop him by firing warning

    shots and then fired in his direction" at the Ofra military base

    .

    The official added: "The Palestinian was not armed. The soldiers gave him first aid

    but he died of his injuries."

    The latest death brought the overall toll since the September

    2000 start of the Palestinian uprising to 4595, including 3559

    Palestinians and 962 Israelis.

    Rocket launcher destroyed

    In a separate incident, the Israeli air force said they destroyed a rocket launcher in

    the northern Gaza Strip as Palestinian resistance fighters

    were about to

    launch an attack.

    The number of unarmed civilians
    killed by Israeli troops is rising

    "A group of Palestinians were spotted in Bait Hanun as they were

    about to fire a Qassam rocket on Israel's territory. The rocket

    launcher was destroyed and the Palestinians fled the scene," a military source 

    said.

    The crude rockets are manufactured by Islamic resistance group

     Hamas and named after its military wing - the Izz al-Din al

    -Qassam Brigades.

    However, Hamas has not yet confirmed that its fighters were involved in the incident.

    Six Israelis have been killed in rocket attacks in the past few

    months.

    SOURCE: Aljazeera + Agencies


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