A Palestinian flag flutters over Yatta, where the two men are believed to have lived
A Palestinian flag flutters in the town of Yatta, near Hebron in the occupied West Bank. Two Palestinians were shot dead by an Israeli truck driver after they tried to steal his vehicle in the south Hebron Hills on Sunday morning, Israeli police said. Both men lived in the Yatta area. © Hazem Bader - AFP/File
A Palestinian flag flutters over Yatta, where the two men are believed to have lived
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Last updated: June 17, 2012

Two Palestinians shot dead by Israeli lorry driver

Two Palestinians were shot dead by an Israeli truck driver after they tried to steal his vehicle in the south Hebron Hills on Sunday morning, Israeli police said.

Palestinian officials confirmed the two deaths but had no information about the circumstances of the shooting which took place at the Shani junction near Al-Samua, in the southernmost part of the West Bank.

Israel police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the incident occurred after the two men tried to attack the truck driver.

"Two Palestinians where shot when an Israeli truck driver opened fire at two or three attackers who tried to steal his vehicle," he told AFP.

"Before he opened fire, the driver was seriously wounded by his attackers who hit him on the head. The hospital has since informed us that the two Palestinians were killed," he added.

Yatta Mayor Zaharan Abu Qbeita confirmed the two died after being hit by several bullets in the neck area, with the bodies taken to Yatta hospital.

The two men were named as Anwar Abed Rabbo, 35, and Naim al-Najjar, 29, both of whom lived in the Yatta area.

Speaking to AFP at the hospital, a member of Abed Rabbo's family denied the Israeli claim that the two men were car thieves.

"They were just on their way to work in Israel," he said.

A Palestinian police source also denied the two had been involved in any criminal activity when they were shot.

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