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Palestinian man killed by Israeli soldiers during violence near Hebron

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JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Palestinian man was killed by Israeli troops during a spate of violent activity near Hebron.

The 25-year-old Palestinian man, who was a college student and youth movement leader, was shot in the head by Israeli troops who were being pelted by rocks thrown by residents of the Palestinian village of Fuwar. The soldiers entered the village pursuing a Palestinian youth who had been throwing firebombs at Israeli cars on a nearby highway.

Two other Palestinians were injured in the incident in which the soldiers opened fire after reportedly fearing for their lives. The soldiers are believed to have used live fire rather than the rubber bullets typically used for crowd control.

"Feeling a threat to their lives, they [the soldiers] fired toward the assaulters," an Israel Defense Forces spokesperson told the Palestinian Ma’an news agency.

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