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ISRAELI occupation forces killed a Palestinian labourer today after allegedly mistaking him for his cousin in a pre-dawn raid in the West Bank town of Jenin.
Israeli police claimed that the man was a Palestinian resistance fighter who had last week shot and killed an extremist rabbi from an illegal Israeli settlement.
One man was killed and several other Palestinians were arrested during the raid on Jenin refugee camp, Israeli secret police Shine Bet said.
However Palestinian health officials disputed reports from Israeli media which initially identified the man as a Hamas fighter called Ahmen Jarrar, claiming Israeli forces had in fact killed his cousin, a 30-year-old man with the same first and second name but different middle names.
The Jarrar family described the 30-year-old as a labourer who was not involved in politics.
Khitam Jarrar, the mother of the local Hamas fighter, told reporters that she saw a dead body in the front garden of her home as she walked out and asked the troops who it was, but wasn’t given an answer.
Ms Jarrar said her son had left the family home about 30 to 40 minutes before the start of the raid and that she still didn’t know if he was alive or not.
She added that soldiers fired rockets at the house and then demolished it with bulldozers. Two other homes belonging to Ahmed’s uncles were also demolished and a third was damaged, as a collective punishment.
The raid was part of a hunt for members of an alleged Hamas cell that Israeli forces claimed were responsible for the drive-by shooting of Rabbi Raziel Shevach in the West Bank last Wednesday.
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