Dead Palestinian may have been ‘uninvolved bystander’

A group of Palestinians shot overnight, one of them fatally, after throwing rocks, may have been "uninvolved bystanders," the IDF said Tuesday.

"From initial inquiry, it appears uninvolved bystanders were mistakenly hit during the pursuit," an army spokeswoman said.

Asked by AFP whether that included the person killed, she said yes, as well as those wounded. The spokeswoman said the circumstances were being investigated.

Official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported that the person killed was Mahmoud Rafat Badran, 15.

The Israeli army had earlier said that troops shot two men "after a number of Palestinians hurled rocks and Molotov cocktails at moving vehicles near the village of Beit Sira on route 443".

It also said that two suspects had been arrested.

Israeli media reported that several vehicles had been damaged and two drivers lightly injured by glass from shattered windscreens when Palestinians threw bottles and stones at traffic.

AFP contributed to this report


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