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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 22 June 2018

Palestinian shot dead by Israeli soldiers in Hebron area 

The Israeli army claimed the victim had carried out a car-ramming attack near the West Bank city, lightly wounding two Israeli soldiers

Israeli forces gather at the scene where a Palestinian man was shot dead following an alleged car-ramming attack at the entrance of Beit Einun village, near the West Bank city of Hebron, on July 18, 2017. Mussa Qawasma / Reuters
Israeli forces gather at the scene where a Palestinian man was shot dead following an alleged car-ramming attack at the entrance of Beit Einun village, near the West Bank city of Hebron, on July 18, 2017. Mussa Qawasma / Reuters

A Palestinian man was shot dead by Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday afternoon, local media and news agencies reported.

The Israeli army claimed the victim had carried out a car-ramming attack near the city of Hebron, lightly wounding two Israeli soldiers.

Palestinian security sources identified the man as Rafaat Nathmi Shukri Hirbawi, 29, from Hebron, according to the Palestinian Maan news agency.

Witnesses told Maan that Israeli soldiers fired at a car in which two people were riding, but the Israeli army said they were aware of only one person in the vehicle.

The army said the incident took place at the entrance to the town of Beit Einun, north of Hebron.

According to figures from Maan, 45 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces since the beginning of the year, including eight who were killed in the past week alone. Ten Israelis have been killed by Palestinians in 2017.

* Additional reporting by Agence France-Presse