Sunday, July 25, 2021

Violence Increasing In West Bank:

IDF: Palestinian hurling firebombs, rocks shot in West Bank; 2 others arrested

A Palestinian assailant who was throwing firebombs and rocks at an Israeli car was shot in the West Bank on Saturday, the army said.

Two other suspects were arrested after a chase, the Israel Defense Forces said.

The military said the three Palestinians were hurling Molotov cocktails and stones at an Israeli vehicle near the settlement of Mevo Dotan. Soldiers moved to arrest them and thwart a potential terror attack, opening fire in their direction and hitting one suspect. His condition was not immediately known.

The other two were apprehended a short while later, the military said.

There were no reports of Israeli casualties.

The incident comes after a Palestinian teenager was shot and and killed by live fire during clashes with the Israeli army near his hometown of Nabi Saleh, the Palestinian Authority Health Ministry said Friday night.

According to the PA, Mohammad Munir al-Tamimi, 17, was shot in the stomach during clashes with Israeli soldiers on Friday afternoon. He was rushed to a hospital in nearby Salfit in critical condition, where he died later that night.

The IDF said that it would look into the incident, which it said took place while dozens of Palestinians hurled stones at Israeli soldiers during a riot next to the town.

Friday saw clashes break out at various friction points across the West Bank. In Beita, a Palestinian town near Nablus, hundreds of Palestinians gathered to demonstrate against Israeli presence on a nearby hilltop known in Arabic as Jabal Sbeih, which is home to the empty illegal outpost Evyatar.

According to the Israeli military, hundreds of Palestinians clashed with Israeli soldiers, throwing stones. Two Israeli soldiers were lightly wounded, the IDF said.

According to the Palestinian Red Crescent, 21 Palestinians were shot by Israeli live fire, and another 68 were injured with rubber bullets. Around 195 suffered from tear gas inhalation.

The protests began weeks ago when Israeli settler nationalists reestablished Evyatar on Jabal Sbeih. Hundreds of settlers flowed into the area, regularly holding events in an attempt to push the state to legalize the land grab.


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