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Palestinian shot dead by Israeli troops at West Bank checkpoint

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Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian motorist in the occupied West Bank during what a witness described as a scuffle at a crowded checkpoint, with the Israeli military saying the man had tried to grab a gun from a soldier.

Palestinian medics summoned to the scene near the village of Silwad on Sunday said they found Ahmed Kahleh, 45, with fatal gunshot wounds to the neck. Kahleh’s son had been pepper sprayed, they said. Reuters was unable to immediately reach him for comment.

Relatives said the father and son worked in construction and traveled to work together.

The West Bank, among areas where Palestinians are seeking statehood, has seen an increase in violence since the stalling of US-backed peace talks with Israel in 2014.

Tensions have risen after an intensification of raids by Israel in response to a series of Palestinian street attacks in its towns last year.

A Palestinian motorist, who said he witnessed Sunday’s shooting, described spirits unraveling earlier at the checkpoint, with drivers honking their horns in impatience as they waited.

“The army fired sound grenades and one of the grenades hit the car of the man (Kahleh) and the man started shouting at the soldiers,” said the motorist, Maher Hadid, 37. . When the soldiers approached the car and used pepper spray, Kahleh got out. , fought with them and was shot, Hadid said.

A statement from an Israeli military spokesperson said troops had “identified a suspicious vehicle that refused to stop for routine inspection” and “used riot dispersal means in order to detain the vehicle.” ‘one of the suspects in the vehicle’.

In a “violent confrontation” that ensued, one of the suspects was shot dead as he tried to seize one of the soldiers’ weapons, the statement said, without specifying whether the suspect shot was the same as the one detained.

Video posted on social media on Sunday, which Reuters could not independently verify, showed a man struggling with two soldiers in an underpass while a third soldier stood nearby. In the video, a soldier appears to fire a rifle from a low angle. Another shot is heard and the man falls out of sight.

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