Palestinian demonstrations
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Clashes in West Bank: 2 settlers, soldier injured by stones

Israeli civilian, soldier lightly injured by stones near villages Bnei Naim, Al Fawar in Hebron area. In North Samaria, security coordinator lightly injured in face by stones

On Tuesday, a day after the funeral of Palestinian prisoner Arafat Jaradat, disturbances continued in the West Bank. During demonstrations, dozens of Palestinians gathered, and two Israeli civilians and a soldier were injured. The IDF remained on high alert in order to prevent the escalation of the current situation.


During the morning hours, most of the disturbances occured in the area of Hebron. At Hashotar checkpoint as well as in several other points in the city, dozens of Palestinians threw stones at security forces, which responded with crowd dispersal measures.


A settler was lightly injured in his head during protests in the village Bnei Naim. He was treated at the hospital. The settler shot into the air and his gun was taken from him.


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Not far from Hebron, in the Arroub refugee camp, dozens of Palestinians also gathered. The IDF stopped them from reaching the Gush Etzion – Hebron road, pushing them back into the camp.


In addition, stones were thrown at Israeli vehicles in Halhul and Al-Fawar, where an IDF soldier sustained light injuries to his arm. He was taken to Soroka University Medical Center in Beersheba.


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Injured settler (Photo: Judea and Samaria Rescue Services)  


Another demonstration was held in the village of Burin, where dozens of Palestinians gathered until they were dispersed by the army. At the exit of Nablus, stones were thrown and burning tires were rolled towards soldiers.


The city’s entrances and exits were blocked due to the riots. The IDF and Border Guard implemented anti-rioting measures to restore order.


Clashes in West Bank (Video Reuters)    (צילום: רויטרס)

Clashes in West Bank (Video Reuters)


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South of the city, at the Hawara checkpoint, Moltov cocktails were thrown at an Israeli vehicle. In north Samaria, stones were thrown at cars on the road connecting the settlement of Hermesh and Mavo Dotan.


The settlement’s security coordinator was injured in his face by rocks and treated by medics.


Disturbances in the West Bank continued after the funeral of Jaradat. A 13 year old Palestinian boy was shot in the upper torso, according to Palestinians, during clashes with IDF soldiers in the Al-Aida refugee camp.


He was taken to the hospital in Beit Jala, in serious condition. During the confrontations, improvised explosive devices were thrown at the soldiers, who responded with riot dispersal measures.


According to the hospital, two bullets hit the Palestinian 13-year-old boy – Muhammad Khaled al-Qurd – one hit his foot, and the other hit his side, causing bleeding in his liver and lungs. The brand of the bullets is yet to be determined, but according to the IDF, the teen was most likely injured by a Ruger gun, which the army uses.


The Ruger gun is traditionally used in the IDF by a sniper as a last resort when dispersing riots, on orders from a high ranking officer and is only aimed at rioters' feet. The IDF did not confirm that the man who sustained injuries from the Ruger gun is 13-year-old Al-Qurd.


Several hours later, Palestinian sources told Ynet that 16 year old Udai Sarkhan was injured in the head during the clashes. He was taken to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem. Soldiers had noticed the masked Sarhan as he tried to set an IDF position afire.


Lead Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat passed an official message to the secretary-general of the United Nations from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.


The missive demanded the establishment of an international panel, to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of Palestinian prisoner Jaradat. Erekat delivered the request during a meeting with UN Middle East Envoy Robert Serry.



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