Palestinian man killed by IDF jeep, soldiers shoot Gaza man

Abdullah Iyad Ghanayim, 22, was shot in the lower back during clashes before the jeep flipped on top of him and left him dead.

A Palestinian man was killed on Sunday when Israeli soldiers struck him with their jeep during clashes in Kafr Malik, a village near Ramallah.

Palestinian officials stated that the incident took place when local residents threw stones at the Israeli soldiers, and that the victim, 22-year-old Abdullah Iyad Ghanayim, was shot in the lower back during clashes before the jeep lost control and flipped on top of him.

Soldiers were shooting tear gas and rubber bullets while local youths answered with stones (Oren Ziv / Activestills)
Soldiers were shooting tear gas and rubber bullets while local youths answered with stones (Oren Ziv / Activestills)

According to the Israeli military, Ghanayim had just thrown a firebomb at the jeep, causing it to swerve out of the way and strike him by accident, Haaretz reported. The jeep flipped over.

The Israeli military also said it was investigating the incident.

According to Ma’an News Agency, local sources said six other Palestinians were injured during the clashes after they were shot by Israeli forces with rubber-coated steel bullets.

Ghanayim is the second Palestinian to die in clashes with Israeli forces in less than a week, after a man was shot dead during a confrontation with the army on Wednesday in Jenin refugee camp.

According to the UN, Israeli soldiers have killed 11 Palestinians in the West Bank since the start of the year.

Ghanayim’s death comes just two days after a video — which has by now gone viral — showed Israeli soldiers beating a Palestinian man after he was arrested during a demonstration near Ramallah.

According to Haaretz, clashes that erupted between Palestinians and forces from the Netzah Yehuda Battalion in Jalazone refugee camp were caught on video by local Palestinian media.

The footage shows Israeli soldiers repeatedly punching the man and striking him with the butts of their rifles. The soldiers also yelled obscenities at him as he lay on the ground.

WATCH: Soldiers beat Palestinian during protest in Jalazone

Haaretz reports that according initial investigation conducted Saturday morning, the soldier reported the arrest, but failed to mention the events as they were caught on video. The army claims that the beating took place after Palestinians threw stones at soldiers, who in return fired rubber bullets, injuring one Palestinian, and then fired live round into the air in an attempt to disperse what they described as a riot.

Following a more in-depth investigation, however, the IDF sentenced the four of the soldiers involved in the incident. According to Walla!, The battalion commander was reprimanded, the soldier who cursed at the Palestinian was sentenced to a 30-day confinement, while the two soldiers who used disproportionate force were each given 28-day suspended sentences.

On Saturday, Israeli soldiers opened fire at and wounded a Palestinian in Gaza’s “buffer zone” along its borders with Israel.

According to an IDF spokeswoman, Israeli forces noticed a Palestinian approaching the security fence and opened fire at the man’s lower extremities after firing warning shots into the air. Israeli forces took the man to a hospital in Israel for treatment, Ma’an cited her saying

This is only the most recent incident in the Israeli military’s continuing pattern of shooting Palestinians who approach the buffer zone, which stretches 300 meters into the Strip. According to B’Tselem, 17 percent of the Gaza Strip and 35 percent of its agricultural land are located within these restricted areas.

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