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HEBRON (Ma’an) — A Palestinian man died Tuesday morning from injuries sustained after midnight when he was struck down by an Israeli military vehicle in the Dura city in the southern West Bank district of Hebron.
A Palestinian security source told Ma’an that the military vehicle deliberately hit Muatazz Idreis Sharawnah, 19, during clashes between Israeli troops and young Palestinian men in the city.
Locals said Israeli forces impeded the access of Palestinian Red Crescent Association paramedics when they attempted to reach Sharawnah to offer emergency care and evacuate him to hospital.
Medics from Hebron’s public hospital declared Sharawnah dead on Tuesday morning.
Locals said Sharawnah was a student at the Palestinian Authority Military Academy in Jericho.
Israeli forces deployed heavily in the city and erected a number of checkpoints following the incident.
The Israeli army told Ma’an that the incident was currently being investigated to ascertain Sharawnah’s cause of death.
“Initial evidence suggests that one of the suspects began ascending one of the military vehicles. (Israeli forces) once again warned the suspect, and used riot dispersal means. Finally they had to respond with fire towards one of the suspects,” the spokeswoman told Ma’an.
The army said it was unable to confirm yet if Sharawnah was shot by forces or was struck down by the car, pending the investigation, and said it would be releasing more details on the incident once available.
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