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Israeli man killed near West Bank holy site

From Shira Medding, CNN
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Man killed near West Bank holy site
  • NEW: The Nablus governor says 30 Israelis drove through a police checkpoint
  • A 25-year-old father of 4 was killed
  • An Israeli military spokesman says a Palestinian police officer shot the civilians
  • The group was visiting a Jewish holy site without proper permits, the spokesman says
  • The shooting occurred at Joseph's Tomb, located in the West Bank city of Nablus

(CNN) -- An Israeli man was killed and four others were wounded early Sunday morning near Joseph's Tomb, a Jewish holy site in the northern West Bank city of Nablus, an Israeli military spokesman said.

A Palestinian police officer shot the civilians "after identifying suspicious movements," the spokesman said, citing information about the incident provided by Palestinian officials.

Israeli police identified the man killed as Ben Yosef Livnat, 25. Livnat is the nephew of Limor Livnat, an Israeli cabinet minister from the right-wing ruling Likud party. Livnat was a father of four and lived in Jerusalem, police said.

The group of Jewish worshippers entered the site without proper permits and did not coordinate their visit to the tomb with Israeli or Palestinian officials, the Israeli military spokesman said.

Jewish worshippers often enter Joseph's Tomb, but are generally escorted by Israeli soldiers after coordination with Palestinian security officials in the area.

Ma'an, an independent Palestinian media network, quoted the governor of Nablus saying the incident began when about 30 Israelis in five vehicles drove through a Palestinian police checkpoint Sunday morning.

The Israelis divided into two groups and began throwing stones at the Palestinians guarding the tomb, Major General Bakri Jibrin told Ma'an.

Police fired shots into the air causing the Israelis to run back to their cars, but one car crashed through a plastic barrier and fled, the report quoted the governor saying.

Israeli military officials and Palestinian security officials will investigate the incident, the spokesman said.

During the funeral procession that left from the settlement of Elon Moreh in the West Bank, Israeli settlers threw stones and set fire to some Palestinian vehicles in what police call "price tag" actions in response to the killing.

"Price tag " attacks are actions taken by extreme Israeli settlers against Palestinians and Palestinians' property as retaliatory measures.

Earlier Sunday the Israeli military reported that Palestinians burned some tires in the compound of the tomb. Palestinian security and fire officials put out the fire.