Israeli army jeep hits, kills Palestinian in West Bank

2015-06-14 13:23
A Palestinian woman shouts at Israeli soldiers in the village of Kafr Malik, northeast of Ramallah after clashes that resulted in the death of 21-year-old Palestinian Abdallah Ghanayem. (AFP)

A Palestinian woman shouts at Israeli soldiers in the village of Kafr Malik, northeast of Ramallah after clashes that resulted in the death of 21-year-old Palestinian Abdallah Ghanayem. (AFP)

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Qafr Malik -An Israeli army jeep struck and killed a Palestinian in the occupied West Bank on Sunday, with the military and locals giving conflicting accounts of the circumstances.

A military spokesperson said the jeep, which was in Qafr Malik village as part of an operation to arrest suspected militants, accidentally hit the Palestinian after he threw a petrol bomb at it.

"The driver was startled and swerved, hitting the man," she said, adding that a military investigation would be launched.

Local resident Nail Abdul Latah el Hajj denied the Palestinian had attacked the jeep, however, saying the man was walking to work at a chicken farm when he was run down on the main street and then crushed as the vehicle crashed into a wall and overturned.

Speaking to Reuters, el Hajj said the man's death sparked confrontations between stone-throwing Palestinian youths and Israeli troops. The military spokesperson said the disturbances were already under way when the collision happened.

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