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JENIN, West Bank, (Reuters) – Israeli soldiers killed a Palestinian who approached them, shouting they should leave and carrying a toy gun, during a West Bank raid on Wednesday, local residents said, describing the man as mentally disabled.

Israeli military sources said the troops had spotted a gunman and shot him after a Palestinian crowd gathered around a building they had entered in the village of Qabatiya, near the city of Jenin, and began throwing rocks.

“Leave the village,” residents quoted Mujahid Smadi, 20, as yelling at the soldiers, who the military sources said were searching for militants.

“This man is mentally disabled,” said Qabatiya Mayor Issam Nazzal, a description also given by other local residents. “He had a plastic toy gun and went towards the soldiers, asking them to go away and they shot him dead.”

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