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Palestinian civilian shot dead by Israeli forces

July 2, 2012

Saturday, May 5. 2007

A bus driver who recently tried to refuse a woman clad in a full face Muslim veil – niqab – to board a city bus in the southern Swedish city of Malmo has to seek a new employer, a newspaper reported Wednesday.

The driver made headlines after the 22-year-old woman complained that she was initially denied from riding the bus from the Rosengard suburb of Malmo that has a majority immigrant population to the city centre.

The driver later said her veil made her hard to identify and made him feel uncomfortable, but apparently he overstepped theA Palestinian man was shot dead in the northern Gaza Strip on Wednesday in what Palestinian emergency workers described as a brief Israeli raid near the border fence.

An Israeli army spokesman said troops in the area carried out a routine patrol but he denied shots had been fired at anybody.

A top Palestinian Health Ministry official, Muawiyah Hassanein, identified the man killed as a 34-year-old civilian.

Hassanein said he was shot by Israeli soldiers while he and his brother were collecting scrap metal near the former Israeli settlement of Elei Sinai, close to the border fence.

Hassanein said the man’s brother was seized by the Israeli forces. The army spokesman denied anybody had been arrested. line.

The woman did not leave the bus and the driver was temporarily suspended after the incident.

Bus company Arriva said it would not extend the driver’s contract, the newspaper Punkt.se reported.

The incident was apparently the ‘final straw,’ but the company did not offer details of other disputes with the driver, the report said.

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