PA Arab Shot Dead While Trying to Enter Israel

21-year-old Arab shot to death by IDF forces south of Hevron.

Elad Benari ,

PA security forces march in Hevron
PA security forces march in Hevron
AFP Photo

A 21-year-old Palestinian Authority Arab was shot to death by IDF forces south of Hevron on Saturday night, as he was trying to infiltrate into Israel through the border fence.

An initial investigation has found that the Arab was shot and wounded in the lower part of his body. He was taken to the Soroka Hospital in Be'er Sheva, where he died of his wounds.

"A Palestinian attempted to infiltrate Israel through the security fence," an IDF spokesman told AFP. "Soldiers at the scene fired toward his legs. The incident is under investigation."

A PA security official told AFP that the dead man as Odai Darwish from the village of Dura, and said he was shot as he tried to reach his work place.

In a similar incident on Friday, a PA Arab man was shot dead by IDF troops in northern Gaza. The IDF said of that incident that "dozens of Palestinians gathered near the security fence in northern Gaza. IDF forces who were present tried to disperse the Palestinians several times, but when they did not leave they fired at the leg of one of the suspects who had been causing damage to the fence."

In the PA-assigned areas of Judea and Samaria, Arabs have rioted and attempted to carry out terror attacks, while PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's security forces have failed to stop them as they had done in the past.

The incidents have led some to warn that a third Arab intifada (uprising) is in the works.

A recently released video showed a group of Arab terrorists announcing the formation of a new military brigade, which would start a new intifada against Israel beginning in Hevron.

On Thursday, about 20 members of Abbas's Fatah movement marched in the Balata area of Shechem, firing into the air. PA security forces were not on hand and did not deal with the armed terrorists.

Fatah has avoided allowing masked terrorists into the streets over the past several years but has done so three times in the past month.