RAMALLAH (AA): A Palestinian youth was shot dead by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank on Sunday, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.
Salameh Kaabneh was killed by Israeli fire near the city of Jericho, the ministry said in a statement.
Israeli police, for its part, said its forces opened fire on a speeding vehicle, whose driver refused orders to stop.
Media sources said army informed the Palestinian District Coordination Office that the young man, Salama Salah Ka’abna, 22, was shot dead while bypassing a vehicle which was stopped by the soldiers, who were inspecting it.
According to Israeli sources, the soldiers were in the process of inspecting a Palestinian vehicle at the roadblock, but another speeding vehicle “drove behind it and rushed towards soldiers who ordered him the driver to stop.”
Police said the driver – who was wearing a mask — was killed, while two other people had fled the scene.
The slain Palestinian was from Fasayel area in the Al-Auja village near Jericho.
Local residents said Israeli forces sealed off the scene and prevented Palestinians from reaching the area.[Photo of Salama Salah Ka’abna, 22, who was killed by Israeli force in Jordan Valley, West Bank, Palestine on 10 March. Photo by Imemc.org]