An Israeli soldier stands on a tank in the Golan Heights, on March 6,2014
An Israeli soldier stands on a tank in the Golan Heights, on March 6,2014 © Jalaa Marey - AFP/File
An Israeli soldier stands on a tank in the Golan Heights, on March 6,2014
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Last updated: March 10, 2014

Israeli troops kill Palestinian after Jordan border attack

Israeli troops on Monday shot dead a Palestinian who allegedly tried to snatch a soldier's weapon at the Allenby Bridge crossing between the West Bank and Jordan, the army said.

Israeli officials initially said the Palestinian was wounded but the army confirmed he had died of his injuries shortly afterwards.

"I can confirm he's dead," a military spokeswoman told AFP.

The army said the man was shot while trying to snatch a weapon from an Israeli soldier.

"A short while ago a Palestinian attempted to seize the weapon of a soldier at the Allenby Bridge crossing from Jordan. In response the forces at the scene opened fire towards the suspect. A hit was identified," a military statement said.

Palestinian security officials identified the victim as 38-year-old Raed Zeiter from the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

They said he had left the West Bank in 2011 and had not returned since, but did not know where he had been living.

Ofer Lefler, spokesman for the Israel Airports Authority which is responsible for all border crossings, said the frontier had been closed in the wake of the attack.

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