Thursday, 7 May 2009

IOF soldiers kill Palestinian near Ibrahimi Mosque

[ 07/05/2009 - 08:27 AM ]

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)-- Israeli occupation forces shot and killed a Palestinian young man near the entrance to the Ibrahimi Mosque in Al-Khalil city on Wednesday evening, local sources said.

Eyewitnesses offering prayers inside the Mosque said they saw the body of a youth on the stairs leading to the Mosque while IOF soldiers were asking worshipers to leave the place after declaring it a closed military zone.

The IOF command claimed that the soldiers exchanged heated words with the youth after refusing to show them a "sharp tool" that was in his possession, and added that a soldier fired at the young man seriously wounding him before he succumbed to his wounds and a nearby soldier was hit with shrapnel.

The identity of the youth was not known yet.

Meanwhile, the IOF command said that a soldier was killed early Thursday during an operation near the West Bank city of Ramallah.

A Hebrew press report said, "While the exact circumstances of the death are still unclear, the army is investigating whether it was caused by friendly fire."

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