Israeli troops kill Palestinian in West Bank raid

Date: 06-02-07

NABLUS, West Bank (AFP) - Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian civilian late on Saturday during a raid in the West Bank town of Nablus, Palestinian medical and security sources said.

Seven Israeli jeeps entered the centre of Nablus and opened fire at a group of Palestinians throwing stones at them, killing one person and wounding three more, the sources said.

The victim was identified as Rami Chanaa, 24, who was shot in the chest and head.

The Israeli army nevertheless said that he was holding a rifle. "During an operation in Nablus, our forces identified, opened fire and hit a gunman," an army spokeswoman told AFP.

Chanaa's death brings to 5,740 the number of people killed since the start of the second Palestinian uprising in September 2000, the vast majority of them Palestinians, according to an AFP count.

Earlier on Saturday, three Palestinians were injured and dozens of houses and other buildings were damaged when Israeli forces blew up concrete blocks barring their entry into Nablus.

Israel considers Nablus to be a hotbed of Palestinian militancy and the army regularly launches arrest raids in the town and its outlying refugee camps.

The army said that last year Israel foiled 170 bomb plots against it, 119 of which originated in Nablus.


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