Israel troops kill Hamas man in West Bank: Palestinians

AFP , Wednesday 13 Jul 2011

Israeli soldiers killed a Palestinian man during a raid on a northern West Bank refugee camp on Wednesday morning, Palestinian security sources told AFP.

The Israeli military confirmed that its soldiers had shot a Palestinian but said they had no information on whether he had died.

Palestinian security sources named the man as Ibrahim Sarhan, 21, and said he was shot dead as he emerged from a mosque during an Israeli arrest operation in the Al-Fara refugee camp.

The Israeli military said Sarhan was shot as its soldiers carried out "routine activity" at the camp.

"One of the Palestinians tried to flee arrest, at which point the soldiers began an arrest procedure, eventually firing at his lower body," a spokeswoman told AFP.

"The soldiers identified a hit and the man was evacuated by Palestinian medics."

Seven Palestinians were arrested during the raid, the spokeswoman said, adding that an explosive device was hurled at Israeli troops during the operation, causing no casualties.

Shortly after the shooting, Palestinian militant group Hamas released a statement in Gaza saying Sarhan had been one of its activists in the Al-Fara camp.

Hamas accused the Israeli military of deliberately delaying his evacuation by ambulance after he was shot.

"We call on the masses of our people... to participate in the funeral march of the martyr Sarhan," the group said in a statement.

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