Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Palestinian killed during clashes with Israeli forces in Hebron


HEBRON (Ma'an) -- A 21-year-old Palestinian was killed during clashes with Israeli forces in the southern West Bank overnight Monday, with contradictory reports of how he died.

A local popular committee spokesman,Ratib al-Jubour,said that Israeli forces shot dead Diyaa Abdul-Halim Talahmah, 21, during an Israeli raid near the southern Hebron village of Khursa.

The young man was initially incorrectly identified as Muhannad Masharqa.

The Israeli army alleged that he died after throwing an improvised explosive device that exploded prematurely.

An Israeli army spokesperson said Israeli forces received reports of a road which had been blockaded with rocks near the village of Khursa, and that when Israeli forces arrived at the scene they heard an explosion nearby and went to investigate, finding a body.

"Initial inquiries suggest the suspect attempted to hurl an IED at an army vehicle when it detonated," the spokesperson said.

Dozens of Palestinians have been injured, and many more detained over the past week, as Israeli forces clashed with Palestinians protesting across the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem over entry restrictions at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

Tuesday evening marks the start of the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur and the eve of the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday, which begins on Wednesday.

There have been concerns that tensions across the two territories will heighten during the religious holidays, particularly around the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

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