Is­raeli troops kill Pales­tinian at check­point

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Is­raeli sol­diers at a West Bank check­point shot and killed a Pales­tinian man Satur­day when he ran to­ward them with a sus­pi­cious ob­ject dis­cov­ered later to be a pipe bomb, the army said. It was the sec­ond fa­tal shoot­ing at the check­point in a week.

Pales­tinian wit­nesses said the man, iden­ti­fied asKhal­doun Samoudi, got out of a taxi and ran to­ward the check­point, shout­ing, “God is Great!” and hold­ing an ob­ject in a bag. An army spokesman said sol­diers opened fire when the man ig­nored or­ders to stop. Af­ter he was hit, he was found to be car­ry­ing a pipe bomb, an­other ex­plo­sive de­vice and a knife, the spokesman said.

Last Sun­day, sol­diers fa­tally shot a Pales­tinian la­borer who ap­proached them at the same check­point, which is on a road link­ing the city of Nablus and the Jor­dan Val­ley. The army said the man held a glass bot­tle and was shot ac­cord­ing to the army’s rules of en­gage­ment.

Also Satur­day, mor­tar rounds fired from the Gaza Strip in­jured two Thai work­ers, one se­ri­ously, at a kib­butz in south­ern Is­rael, the mil­i­tary said.

On Fri­day night, an Is­raeli sol­dier was killed at the Gaza border in a friendly-fire in­ci­dent. The army said he was struck by a mor­tar shell fired by troops at Pales­tinian mil­i­tants plant­ing ex­plo­sives near the border fence.

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