IDF shoots, kills Palestinian during Nablus raid

Soldiers opened fire at man's legs after he tried escaping an area in which they were operating and arresting terror suspects.

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July 13, 2011 09:13
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IDF Soldiers 311 (R). (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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IDF soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian man on Wednesday morning during an arrest raid in the West Bank city of Nablus.

According to the IDF, the soldiers opened fire at the man's legs after he tried escaping an area in which they were operating and arresting terror suspects.

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The man was wounded and evacuated by a Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance.

The IDF said that seven other people were arrested during the operation.

Palestinian medical sources said that Ibrahim Sarhan, 22, was shot at least twice, once in each thigh, and was dead by the time he reached hospital. Sarhan had been on his way to dawn prayers when he was shot, his uncle, Ismail Sarhan, told Reuters.

The death of the Palestinian man came as tensions are running high for Israel and the Palestinian Authority, which has announced its intention to unilaterally declare statehood in September at the United Nations General Assembly, amid concerns that the move will bring a new wave of violence to the West Bank.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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