Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian at Jordan crossing

Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian at a crossing point between Jordan and the occupied West Bank, Israeli and Palestinian security officials said.

Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian at Jordan crossing

World Bulletin/News Desk

Israeli security forces on Monday killed a Palestinian man at a border crossing between the West Bank and Jordan, a Palestinian official said.

The man, identified as 38-year-old Raed Alaaddin from Nablus, a West Bank-born judge working in Jordan, was killed at the Karameh crossing while returning from Jordan, Mustafa Dawbsheh, the crossing's Palestinian director, told Anadolu Agency.

The Palestinian Authority based in the West Bank city of Ramallah condemned what it called the "shooting at close range" by Israeli troops, and it demanded an investigation.

An Israeli military official said the military were checking the reports about the man's identity.

"An Israeli soldier opened fire on Raed Alaaddin on the pretext that Alaaddin had tried to grab his weapon at the Israeli border checkpoint," he said.

Efforts are currently underway to retrieve Alaaddin's body from the Israeli authorities, Dawbsheh said, adding that the crossing remained closed from both sides.

Two weeks ago, Israeli soldiers killed a Palestinian they were seeking to arrest in the West Bank town of Bir Zeit.

Last month, Amnesty International published a report which said Israeli forces were using excessive violence in the West Bank, killing dozens of Palestinians over the past three years in what the rights group said might constitute a war crime.

Israel, which captured the West Bank in the 1967 Middle East war and signed a peace treaty with Jordan in 1994, maintains a transit terminal, for Palestinians and foreign visitors, at the Allenby bridge. A crossing for Israeli citizens is further to the south.

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