A Palestinian suspected of throwing rocks has been shot dead by an IDF soldier near Bet El, north of Ramallah on Monday evening.

The IDF has launched an investigation into the incident.

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According to initial information available to the army, two Palestinians hurled rocks at an Israeli car and bus near Bet El.

Soldiers arrived on the scene. One of the Palestinians fled the scene, and the other was shot dead by a soldier.

Initial assessments by army sources are that the soldiers' lives were not at risk during the incident, and the IDF is investigating the circumstances of the shooting.

The area is prone to frequent rock throwing by Palestinians at Israeli vehicles.

According to B'Tselem the Palestinian who was killed was Saji Darwish, of the village of Beitin, located just outside of Ramallah.

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