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IDF faces rioters(archive photo)
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Border policeman dies of wounds

Dehydrated soldier falls into creek trying to control riot near Jerusalem; IDF to conduct autopsy

HAR ADAR - First Sgt. Natan Yasias died Sunday after falling into a creek while chasing Palestinian protesters near the Jerusalem-area settlement of Har-Adar.


The border police officer suffered severe dehydration while guarding workers building the West Bank security fence.


Protesters had pelted the workers with stones.


Initial reports indicated the officer was hit by a rock. He was evacuated to Jerusalem’s Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital, but died a short time later.


Border Police chief Maj. Gen. Hassian Fares said he would appoint a committee to investigate the cause of death, and has received permission from the family to conduct an autopsy on the body.


Ongoing violence


The incident was the latest in a string of violent anti-fence protests.


Last Friday, an IDF soldier sustained moderate injuries when some 200 Palestinians and left-wing Israeli activists threw rocks and protested the security fence near the Palestinian village of Bilin.


Activists say the fence will disrupt daily life in the village. 


About a month ago an IDF soldier lost sight in his left eye from a stone that was thrown at him during a similar demonstration.


Also Sunday, Border Guard forces caught a Palestinian youngster who had attempted to stab a soldier at a roadblock near the Shuafat refugee camp in northern Jerusalem. No one was injured in the incident.


An investigation into the incident revealed the Palestinian was being searched at the roadblock when he whipped out a knife and attempted to stab one of the officers, who pursued to fire a shot into the air and chase the Palestinian. The suspect was eventually apprehended and taken in for questioning.


Doron Sheffer contributed to this article


פרסום ראשון: 07.03.05, 18:28
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