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Israeli troops kill Palestinian man in al-Khalil raid

The file photo shows a slain Palestinian after he was shot following an alleged stabbing attack in the coastal city of Ashkelon on February 7, 2016.

Israeli troops have shot and killed a Palestinian man in the West Bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron) during a night-time raid.

According to an Israeli military spokesperson, the Palestinian was killed when undercover soldiers searching for weapons came under fire by the man.

Adding that no Israelis were injured during the incident, the spokesperson claimed the troops shot the man in response to an “immediate threat.”

The Palestinian Health Ministry has identified the Palestinian man as 23-year-old Iyad Munir Arafat Ghaith, an al-Khalil local.

It noted that Ghaith died after being transferred to the Muhammad Ali al-Muhtasib hospital.

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The occupied Palestinian territories have witnessed new tensions ever since Israeli forces introduced restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshipers into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem al-Quds in August 2015.

More than 300 Palestinians have lost their lives at the hands of Israeli forces in the ongoing tensions since the beginning of October 2015.

The Tel Aviv regime has tried to change the demographic makeup of Jerusalem al-Quds over the past decades by constructing settlements, destroying historical sites and expelling the local Palestinian population. Palestinians say the Israeli measures are aimed at paving the way for the Judaization of the city.

The al-Aqsa Mosque compound is a flashpoint Islamic site, which is also holy to Jews. The mosque is Islam’s third holiest site after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.

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