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Last Updated: Wednesday, 15 February 2006, 10:29 GMT
Disabled Jenin man shot by troops
A young Palestinian man with learning disabilities has been shot dead by Israeli troops near the West Bank town of Jenin, Palestinian officials said.

Mujahid al-Simadi, 20, was shot through the chest during a raid to arrest militants.

The Israeli military said its soldiers had seen a "suspect armed with a weapon who was threatening them".

A 12-year-old boy was shot dead in the Jenin refugee camp three months ago during a stone-throwing protest.

Local residents said Mujahid al-Simadi had gone up to the troops with a toy gun and shouted that they should leave the village.

He was among a number of children who had surrounded a house occupied by Israeli soldiers and began to throw stones, Palestinian security sources said.

The soldiers opened fire from the house and Mujahid al-Simadi hit in the chest and died immediately, they said.

On Monday, Israeli troops shot and killed a 25-year-old Gaza woman near the border fence between the territory and Israel.


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