IDF denies killing man near Nablus

Earlier, Palestinian tries to smuggle bullets through Hawara Checkpoint.

October 7, 2006 09:00
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IDF denies killing man near Nablus

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The IDF denied a report Sunday that it had shot and killed a Palestinian man on his way to break the Ramadan fast with his family near Nablus. Palestinian sources had claimed that Ahmed Yousef Tirawi, 25, was walking with his wife on a path off limits to Palestinians when soldiers fired a single bullet to his head, killing him. The IDF said that it was unaware of any shooting incident in the area and that it suspected that the man was killed as a result of clashes between rival Palestinian factions. Palestinians also reported Sunday that the IDF killed an Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigades operative, identified as Osama Saleh, in the Balata refugee camp near Nablus. They claimed that the operative was shot and killed by IDF paratroopers after Palestinians threw a bomb at troops conducting the arrest of two Fatah operatives in the area. Meanwhile, a Palestinian was found in possession of hundreds of M-16 bullets at the Hawara checkpoint near Nablus on Sunday afternoon. The man was taken into questioning by security forces. Also on Sunday, Palestinians threw stones at an Israeli car in Hebron. No casualties were reported, although damage was caused to two buses. Since Saturday, security forces had been placed on high alert for the duration of Succot, as Defense Minister Amir Peretz clamped a closure on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip to prevent the infiltration of terrorists into Israel. Meanwhile Saturday, the IDF shot a Palestinian who the army said had tried planting an explosive device alongside the West Bank security fence near the village of Kfin, east of Jenin. The Palestinian was wounded but his condition was not immediately clear. The IDF said that the explosive device weighed 25 km. and that four Palestinians tried planting it along the security fence. The bomb was later destroyed in a controlled explosion. Palestinians launched two Kassam rockets from the northern Gaza Strip into the western Negev. One of the rockets landed near Sderot Mayor Eli Moyal's house, causing no injuries but damage to surrounding buildings. IDF troops also operated over the weekend inside the Gaza Strip near the northern village of Khan Yunis in search of tunnels Israel suspects are being dug by terror groups. Egyptian police announced on Saturday that they had arrested four Egyptians as they attempted to illegally cross the Egypt-Gaza border through an underground tunnel. The four men were arrested at dawn and were transferred to the Suez Canal city of Ismailiya for military prosecution, police officer Muhammad Badr said. No weapons or drugs were seized in the arrest. It is not immediately clear why the four were trying to cross into the Palestinian territory of Gaza. AP contributed to this report.

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