IDF shoots Palestinian attempting to infiltrate Barkan

July 22, 2010 09:30

IDF troops shot and killed a Palestinian attempting to infiltrate the settlement of Barkan in the West Bank early Thursday morning.

The Israeli force had laid an ambush near the settlement, located not far from Kalkilya, after a number of attempted infiltrations had been reported in recent weeks. During the night, the military force detected a number of Palestinians in the vicinity of Barkan. Suspecting one of them was armed, the soldiers called on them to stop, and when ignored, opened fire at their feet.

When the Palestinians did not stop, the soldiers then opened fire at their upper bodies, in line with IDF fire regulations.

One Palestinian was killed, and others fled the area. The IDF is conducting searches for the other members of the group. An initial investigation of the incident by the regional IDF commander concluded that the attempted infiltration was likely of a criminal and not terrorist nature.

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