Wed, 21 Apr 2021

RAMALLAH, April 6 (Xinhua) -- A Palestinian man was killed and his wife was injured on Tuesday by Israeli soldiers' gunfire at an Israeli army checkpoint, south of the West Bank city of Ramallah, medical sources said.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said in a statement that Osama Mansour, 42, was killed and his wife was critically wounded after they were shot by Israeli soldiers near the village of Bir Nabala, south of the city.

The statement said Mansour was shot in the head with a live bullet and in a critical condition, adding that he succumbed to his wounds right after he arrived at the hospital.

The man's wife was also shot in the back and she is currently in a stable condition, according to the statement.

Eyewitnesses said an Israeli army force stopped Mansour's car at an Israeli army checkpoint and threw a stun grenade under his car.

They added the man drove fast to escape from the grenade before the soldiers opened fire at his car.

The Israeli army said in a press statement that Israeli soldiers thwarted an attempted car-ramming attack against a group of soldiers, operating at a checkpoint, south of Ramallah.

The Israeli statement said the checkpoint was temporary and set up during operational activities near Bir Nabala.

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