Israeli shot dead north of West Bank city of Ramallah

29/06/2004 BPI.-info The body of an Israeli civilian shot once in the chest was found Tuesday morning in an area north of the West Bank city of Ramallah. The Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, a militia with links to PA Chairman Yasser Arafat’s Fatah Party, took responsibility for the killing. Police said that the victim, identified only as a man in his fifties, was a frequent visitor to the region, which, like all territory designated as Area A, is strictly off-limits to Israelis by order of the overall IDF West Bank commander. Palestinians sources said the man was shot while driving and that his truck overturned. Residents of the town of Beit Rima, close to the site where the body was found, said the man had sold construction materials in the area, and that the IDF had imposed a curfew on the village Tuesday.

An Israeli identification card was found on the man and the truck had Israeli license plates, an army spokesman said. The man’s body was transported by a Red Crescent ambulance to the Halamish settlement. Several Israeli businessmen have been killed in similar circumstances during nearly four years of fighting. Palestinian militant groups have vowed revenge for an IDF raid in the West Bank city of Nablus last week in which three militia leaders were killed.