Sunday, October 4, 2015

Violence Widespread Across West Bank: Palestinians Clash With IDF After Multiple Deadly Attacks On Israelis

Palestinians clash with IDF across West Bank after multiple deadly attacks on Israelis - Arab-Israeli Conflict

Palestinian rioters clashed with security forces in multiple locations across the West Bank on Monday, a day after two Israelis were murdered in a stabbing terror attack in Jerusalem's Old City and three days after two Israeli parents were killed in a shooting attack on their vehicle in Samaria.  

A Palestinian rioter was shot and killed during a violent clash with the IDF in Tulkarm on Sunday night.

According to an army spokeswoman, between 100 to 200 Palestinians who are affiliated with Hamas threw rocks and firebombs at soldiers in the Tulkarm Crossing point area. The rioters also fired fireworks at soldiers, and set tires on fire.

The IDF directed live fire at three men who had hurled Molotov cocktails, striking one of the rioters, the spokeswoman said. The man died of his injuries and the army said it is investigating the incident. 

At Bir Zeit, a town north of Ramallah, 15 Palestinians threw rocks at soldiers, who responded with non-lethal crowd control means, and fired warning shots in the air. There were no injuries int that incident. 

In the settlement of Otniel, near Duma, 30 settlers blocked off a road, and spray painted a graffiti. An Israeli suffered light burns wounds to his face during that incident, the army said. The circumstances of the injury are not fully clear

At Shilo Junction, 40 settlers blocked a road, and hurled rocks at Palestinian vehicles, an IDF spokeswoman said. Palestinians then arrived and hurled rocks at Israeli vehicles, damaging a car.

In the Palestinian village of Khorse, southwest of Hebron, 30 Palestinians hurled Molotov cocktails and rocks at an IDF unit, which responded with non-lethal riot dispersal means. In the same area, Border Police deployed crowd control measures during a clash. 

The largest incident on Sunday occurred in Abu Dis, east of Jerusalem, where 250 Palestinians hurled rocks and firebombs at security forces. 

Security forces fired rubber bullets at the legs of rioters, striking four Palestinians who sustained wounds. Their condition is unknown. 

A fire broke out near the Palestinian village of Uris, near Yitzhar, though it is not clear who started it, the army said. Palestinians formed a crowd in the area, and hurled rocks at soldiers, who responded by firing low-impact Ruger rifle rounds. A Palestinian sustained an injury in that clash, and was evacuated to a West Bank hospital. His condition is unknown, the army said. 

Soon afterwards, some 60 Palestinians clashed with 20 settlers. There were no known injuries in that incident. 

At the Hasam Shoter IDF point in Hebron, around 60 Palestinians threw rocks throughout the day on Sunday, and burned tires. They also fired fireworks at soldiers, and one rioter hurled an improvised grenade at security forces, injuring himself in the process. The IDF responded with non-lethal crowd control measures, and two Palestinians were wounded by Ruger rifle rounds; one is in moderate condition and the second was lightly hurt, the army said. Both were shot in the lower body. 

In the same area, a soldier was lightly wounded during a violent disturbance by Palestinians. 

Earlier on Sunday, a Border Policeman was lightly wounded by shrapnel to his leg at Rachel's Tomb, injured after a Palestinian rioter hurled a pipe bomb at him. The incident occurred in the course of a clash with masked rock-throwing Palestinian youths. 

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