IDF kills Palestinian near Barkan

IDF shot man attempting to infiltrate settlement.

July 23, 2010 01:31
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IDF reservists 311. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)


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IDF troops shot and killed a Palestinian attempting to infiltrate the Barkan settlement early on 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.

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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.

During the night, the soldiers 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.

Head of the Civil Administration Brig.-Gen Yoav Mordechai spoke on Thursday with the Palestinian commanders in the Kalkilya region and urged them to restrain their forces and the local Palestinian population in response to the incident.

Mordechai and the Palestinian commanders also agreed to establish a joint team to investigate the incident. Palestinian commanders toured the scene of the shooting shortly afterwards.

Over the past two years, the IDF has noted a sharp decline in Palestinian terrorism in the West Bank, particularly in attempted infiltration in settlements, due to a combined effort by the IDF and Palestinian forces to curb terror in the area.

Violence broke out along the Gaza border in a similar incident on Wednesday.

After weeks of relative quiet, clashes erupted as IDF soldiers opened fire at a terrorist cell approaching the border fence. Two Palestinians were killed and several were wounded.

The dead men were reportedly known Islamic Jihad operatives.

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