Scores of Palestinians were throwing stones and hurling burning tires at an IDF outpost at the Cave of Patriarchs in Hebron. Security forces are responding with riot control methods. There were conflicting reports regarding the number of protestors, with some estimates as high as 150.
Meanwhile, over 50 Palestinians rioted in Turmus Iya in the West Bank, where Palestinian minister Ziad Abu Ein died of heart failure Wednesday after an altercation with IDF and police forces.
Meanwhile, hundreds attended Abu Ein's funeral in Ramallah. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas laid a reef on his coffin.
Thursday's clashes come a day after Palestinian Cabinet member Ziad Abu Ein died following a scuffle with Israeli troops during a protest elsewhere in the West Bank.
There were no immediate reports of injuries or arrests in the Hebron clashes.
Abu Ein's death has stirred Palestinian anger at a time of badly strained relations with Israel.
Last week a masked Palestinian carrying a knife was neutralized after approaching Border Guard forces at the Qalandiya Checkpoint north of Jerusalem.
The Palestinian Authority on Thursday accused Israel of killing a senior official who died a day earlier in a confrontation with troops during a protest march in the West Bank.
“After hearing the results of the autopsy, the Palestinian government holds Israel fully responsible for the killing of Ziad Abu Ein,” government spokesman Ihab Bseiso told reporters.
Abu Ein, 55, died on Wednesday following a violent confrontation with Israeli soldiers near the city of Ramallah, in an incident that prompted Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to threaten unspecified measures in response.
Earlier, hundreds of Palestinian protesters hurled stones and Molotov cocktails at IDF soldiers during two different demonstrations in and near the West Bank city of Hebron.
“[Abu Ein’s] death was caused by blockage of a coronary artery due to hemorrhaging beneath an arteriosclerotic plaque,” a health ministry statement read, further explaining that “the bleeding could have been induced by stress.”
The statement went on to explain that Abu Ein “suffered from an ischemic heart disease,” and that “blood vessels in his heart were found to be over 80% blocked by plaque.”
In his recent article written for the Defense News, Wendell Minnick, an American military analyst, said on Dec. 6 that the People's Liberation Army's new S-400 purchased from Russia has the ability to completely wipe out Taiwan's air defense.
Reports from Russia indicated that China signed a US$3 billion contract to purchase enough S-400 surface-to-air missiles to equip its six air defense battalions based near its major eastern cities. Those missiles will be scattered along the coast facing Taiwan and Japan. With a range of 400 km, the missile can cover the entire air space of Taiwan, according to Vasiliy Kashin from the Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies based in Moscow.Once the S-400 is deployed, the Republic of China Air Force will be completely useless to stop China's anti-access and aera denial strategies even if it purchases F-16C/D fighters from the United States. "Given its extremely long range and effective electronic warfare capabilities, the S-400 is a game-changing system that challenges current military capabilities at the operational level of war," said Paul Giarra, the president of Global Strategies and Transformation.
Giarra said that the S-400 has the effect of turning a defense system into an offensive system and extends China's capability to carry out military operations over the territory of American allies and the high seas. York Chen, a former senior adviser of Taiwan's National Security Council also said that the S-400 missile can give China enough confidence to control the airspace over the Taiwan strait. It is likely to be used to wipe out the remaining fighters of the ROCAF after the PLA destroys Taiwan's air bases and runways.