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Israel Defense Forces accidentally shot and killed a rabbi in the West Bank early Friday, after apparently mistaking the man for a Palestinian militant. Two passengers traveling in the same car were wounded.
Israel Defense Forces killed a 55-year-old Israeli rabbi and settler, Dan Mertzbach, in what they say was an accidental shooting.
Mertzbach was killed, while two passengers in the vehicle were wounded and taken to hospital.
The soldier who fired the shots was also injured when he ran toward the car and was struck by what a military spokesperson said was a Palestinian truck.
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The IDF had received reports of a suspicious vehicle in the area, the spokesperson said, which was why they had erected the checkpoint. They became alarmed when Mertzbach's car failed to stop when they tried to flag it down, he said.
The soldiers believed the car was driving "fast and in a suspicious way and [they] saw a threat to their lives," the spokesperson told Reuters.
The IDF said it would open an investigation into the incident.
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