Palestinian shot dead for allegedly stabbing IDF soldier in Hebron

Published October 20th, 2015 - 09:30 GMT

A Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli forces during clashes in Beit Awwa west of Hebron, the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Health said.

The ministry identified the Palestinian as 24-year-old Udaay Hashim al-Masalma, and said that doctors in Hebron's public hospital confirmed a bullet to the head was the cause of death.

An Israeli army spokesperson alleged that Masalma was shot after he attempted to stab an Israeli soldier during a "violent riot" in Beit Awwa.

She said the soldier "responded with live fire," and that the Palestinian was evacuated for medical treatment by the Palestinian Red Crescent.

She added that the Israeli soldier was lightly injured, and as far as she was aware, had not been evacuated for medical treatment.

Israeli news site Ynet reported that "the attacker threw himself on the troops who fired upon and killed him."

Locals confirmed that there were clashes in Beit Awwa shortly before Masalma's death, during which Israeli troops fired tear gas canisters and rubber-coated steeel bullets at Palestinians protesters.

Masalma brings the Palestinian death toll since the beginning of October to 44. Around half of those have died during clashes, while the other half were killed after allegedly attempting attacks on Israel.

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