Palestinian killed in gunfight with Israeli forces near Ramallah

18:00 Nov 17 2015 Turmus Ayya

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian in armed clashes north of Ramallah on Tuesday evening, with two others injured during an exchange of fire.

Israel's army said that shots were fired at an Israeli military patrol near Ramallah, with soldiers returning fire and shooting an assailant.

Three armed Palestinians had reportedly exited a vehicle near an Israeli military patrol and opened fire at soldiers near Turmus Ayya, north of Ramallah.

Two Palestinians were injured in the gun battle and detained by Israeli forces.

Israeli soldiers prevented a Red Crescent ambulance from reaching the scene of the incident, a Ma'an reporter said, with the main Ramallah-Nablus road closed by Israel's military.

The victim, identified by the Palestinian Ministry of Health as Muhammad Munir Hassan Saleh, 24, from Arura village, was reportedly left on the ground for over an hour without being treated by medics.

Israeli forces fired tear gas and stun bomb grenades at local Palestinians who attempted to reach him.

by Gili Cohen and Jack Khoury for Haaretz

Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian after he fired at them near the village of Turmus Ayya in the West Bank on Tuesday, the Israel Defense Forces said, adding that no soldiers were wounded in the incident.

The Palestinian was identified as Mohammed Munir Hassan Salah, 24, a resident of the Aroura village, the Palestinian Health Ministry stated, raising the Palestinian death count since the ongoing surge in violence began to 89. 

According to the IDF, the Palestinian man fired a handgun toward a unit from the Netzah Yehuda Battalion near the village, situated near the settlement of Shilo. The soldiers, who were unhurt, returned fire and killed the gunman. Two other Palestinians at the scene were detained. 

Earlier morning on Monday, two armed Palestinians were killed in the Qalandiyah refugee camp in the West Bank on Monday during clashes with the IDF, after the army moved to demolish the home of a Palestinian who shot and killed an Israeli student in a June attack near the settlement of Dolev.

According to the Israeli army, as the forces were taking down the home of Mohammad Abu Shahin, 39, who carried out the shooting attack at Ein Bubin and killed 25-year-old Danny Gonen on June 19, they sustained gunfire from Palestinians. No Israeli soldiers were harmed during the incident.

Palestinian sources reported that the four Palestinians were killed in the clashes, while three more were wounded by IDF fire. 
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