Tensions in the West Bank following the Palestinian Authority's status upgrade
at the UN and Operation Pillar of Defense
are growing and so are the number of clashes between IDF soldiers and Palestinians.
A video depicting such a clash surfaced on Wednesday. The incident took place in the West Bank village of Naalin, west of Bethlehem, and depicts Palestinians throwing Molotov cocktails
and stones at the Israeli troops.
The audio track is riddled with sounds of the gunshots, as the soldiers fired warning shots at the rioters.
The video depicts Palestinian youths throwing stones at IDF troops patrolling the area. The soldiers fire tear gas to disperse the group.
Then – at what appears to be several hours later – the Palestinians are seen throwing flares of some kind at the soldiers and gunshots are heard in the background.
As the clash escalates, the Palestinians are seen hurling two Molotov cocktails at a convoy of military jeeps. Both hit the lead vehicle but appear to cause it no harm.
Several hours prior to the filmed incident, right-wing activists set fire to a car in the nearby village of Shakba, saying it was a "price tag"
The suspects said that they were "compelled" to do so because they felt that IDF
forces failed to protect them.
The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said that "Tuesday saw a violent and illegal riot in Naalin, during which Palestinians
threw rocks and Molotov cocktails and hit the security fence.
"IDF troops used crowd-control measures and when the soldiers felt they were in immanent danger, they fired towards the lower extremities of one of their assailants."
Itamar Fleishman contributed to this report
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