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3rd Reported Land Dealer Is Slain

June 01, 1997|Reuters

JERUSALEM — Israeli officials said Saturday that a Palestinian known to have sold land to Jews was found shot to death near the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Ali Mohammed Jumhour, 34, was the third reported land dealer found dead in the West Bank since Palestinian Justice Minister Freih abu Medeen was quoted in early May as saying that Palestinians who sold land to Jews faced execution.

"The body of a land dealer was found near Ramallah. He was most probably killed for having been a land dealer. He was shot in the head," said police spokeswoman Linda Menuhin, adding that the man was an Israeli citizen. Another Israeli official, who did not want to be identified, said Jumhour, of East Jerusalem, was known to have sold property to Israelis.

Palestinian police refused to comment.

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