Palestinian shot 'six times' by Israeli forces during raid

Palestinian shot 'six times' by Israeli forces during raid
A Palestinian was killed while trying to prevent Israeli soldiers from entering his home before 'being shot six times.'
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10 January, 2017
Since October 2015, more than 200 Palestinians have been killed mainly by Israeli forces [Anadolu]
Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian man as he tried to prevent soldiers from entering his home at a refugee camp in the occupied West Bank during an overnight raid.

An official of the Palestinian National Initiative, Khaled Mansour, identified the dead man as Mohammed al-Salihi, 32, from the al-Faraa refugee camp.

Mansour said Salihi had tried to prevent the soldiers entering his house before being shot six times.

"Muhammad started to shout at them because he thought they were thieves, and the soldiers immediately showered him with bullets at point-blank range, before the very eyes of his elderly mother," Mansour told Ma'an news agency.

However, there was a conflicting report from the Israeli military on the incident. 

"Overnight, an assailant, armed with a knife, attempted to stab soldiers on operational activity to arrest suspects," the statement said.

"Forces called the attacker to halt and, upon his continued advance, fired toward him, resulting in his death."

It added that others in the camp hurled explosives and shot at the soldiers, adding that no soldiers were injured in the incident.

The incident comes less than 48 hours after a Palestinian rammed a truck into troops visiting a Jerusalem tourist site, killing four soldiers in a stark reminder of tensions despite a recent lull in violence.
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Since October 2015, 248 Palestinians, 40 Israelis, two Americans, a Jordanian, an Eritrean and a Sudanese have been killed.

Many analysts say Palestinian frustration with the Israeli occupation and settlement building in the West Bank, comatose peace efforts and their own fractured leadership have helped feed the unrest. But Israel says incitement by Palestinian leaders and media is a leading cause.

Agencies contributed to this report