RAMALLAH/JERUSALEM: A Palestinian youth was shot dead and another wounded Wednesday night by Israeli soldiers at an army roadblock to the south the West Bank city of Bethlehem, said paramedics.
The shooting took place at Gush Itzion crossroads south of Bethlehem when Israeli soldiers at the roadblock opened fire at two Palestinians, killing one and seriously wounding the other, the source was quoted by the Xinhua news agency as saying.
Mohamed Awad, Director of Emergency at the Palestinian Red Crescent, confirmed that a young Palestinian man was killed and another critically wounded by Israeli troops south of Bethlehem.
However, Israel’s police spokesperson said in a statement that the man killed and his friend were attempting to steal a car from a parking lot near a Rami Levy supermarket in the settlement of Ma’aleh Adumim.
An Israeli military spokesperson told Xinhua that soldiers were involved in the shooting, and an investigation was underway. However, the spokesperson did not further elaborate on the details.
The West Bank was captured by Israel from Jordan in the 1967 Mideast war, and has controlled it ever since.
Israeli military’s open-fire regulations strictly limit the use of live ammunition to life-threatening situations.