Palestinian man 'out to run errands with his sister' killed by Israel soldiers

The Israeli army claimed the car was behaving in a suspicious manner

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A Palestinian man was killed when Israeli forces opened fire on a vehicle it afterwards claimed was behaving suspiciously in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday.

The Palestinian health ministry identified the victim as 26-year-old Mohammed Mussa.

His sister Latifa, 33, was shot in the shoulder and later treated in hospital.

Ms Mussa said they were on their way to run errands when the Israeli soldiers started firing.

"There were two soldiers behind stone barriers on the street. They suddenly began shooting at us without any warning. My brother tried to protect me," she said.


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"After that I saw he was breathing, but the soldiers left him alone."

He was confirmed dead later after being taken to an Israeli hospital.

A statement from the Israeli army said soldiers shot at the car after it approached them in a "suspicious" manner near the Jewish settlement of Halamish and the Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh.

"The soldiers perceived the vehicle as a threat and consequently fired towards it in order to stop it," it said.

However, the Israeli military said no soldiers were wounded and that "the event is being reviewed".

Separately on Monday, Israel's military blew up a tunnel it said stretched from the Gaza Strip into Israel, killing seven Palestinian militants. The military said the tunnel could be used for attacks.