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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 15 December 2018

Israeli forces shoot Palestinian dead during arrest

Palestinian security forces identified the dead man as 34-year-old Amar Tirawi from Kafr Ein, a town near Nabi Salah in the central West Bank

A Palestinian man was shot dead by Israeli soldiers and police on an arrest mission in the town of Nabi Salah in the occupied West Bank early on Sunday.

The Israeli army claimed he had "attempted to open fire at them".

Palestinian security forces identified the dead man as 34-year-old Amar Tirawi from Kafr Ein, a town near Nabi Salah in the central West Bank. Officials had earlier given another name for the suspect.

Another Palestinian suspect was lightly wounded and arrested, the Israeli army said.

It came a day after a gunman targeted a vehicle near an Israeli settlement north of Ramallah and wounded a foreign national of Palestinian descent who is residing in a Palestinian village.

In a separate incident, gunshots hit a military post near Nabi Salah.

The Israeli army said Tirawi was behind both incidents.

Israel's Shin Bet internal security agency named Tirawi as Amar Halil and said he had carried out the shootings along with his fiancée, Rawan Ambar, due to their families' refusal to accept their engagement.

According to the Shin Bet, Tirawi was a former member of the Palestinian preventive security who became an arms trader.

Tirawi's fiancée had turned herself in to Palestinian security forces, the Shin Bet said, confirming that she had been in the agency's custody since late Saturday, hours before the fatal raid.

Sources in Tirawi's village said he had been detained by Palestinian security forces for a number of days in the past few weeks, and had been wanted by Israeli security prior to the Saturday shootings.

The Shin Bet refused to comment on that report.