A Palestinian teenager, 16, was shot dead by the IDF during a riot in the West Bank village of Dura early on Friday. Another Palestinian, 22, was critically hurt by IDF gunfire in a clash near the Qalandiyah checkpoint. There were conflicting reports as to whether or not he later died of his wounds. The violence flared up as the search for three Israeli youths who were kidnapped from a hitchhiking station entered its eighth day.
Since the disappearance of Eyal Yifrah, 19, Gilad Shaer, 16, and Naftali Fraenkel, 16, late on Thursday, June 12, there been no sign of life nor have any demands been made by their kidnappers.
Israeli security forces have rounded 355 Palestinians since the start of Operation Brother's Keeper to rescue the teens. More than 50 of those arrested were among the 1,027 prisoners freed by Israel in 2011 as part of an exchange deal to free Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit from Hamas captivity in the Gaza Strip.
Two rockets were fired from Gaza to Israel on Thursday evening, and no injuries were reported. The IDF said the Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted a rocket fired from the Strip.
Earlier Thursday, Hamas denounced the Palestinian Authority's security cooperation with Israel, terming it a violation of the Fatah-Hamas reconciliation. Hamas spokesman also said that if Israel carries out its threat of expelling Hamas leadership from the West Bank to Gaza, it is "opening the gates of hell."
10:48 A.M. Israeli troops arrested 20 Palestinians in Hebron in the West Bank overnight Saturday. (Jack Khoury)
10:33 A.M. Israeli soldiers clash with Palestinians in the West Bank city of el-Bireh near Ramallah on Saturday morning, the Palestinian news agency Ma'an reports.
10:26 A.M. The Palestinian news agency Ma'an reports a Palestinian man in his 60s dies of a heart attack in an Israeli army raid on his village in the north West Bank on Saturday morning.
According to the report, Ali Abed Jabir from the village of Haris suffered the heart attack in the midst of an argument with Israeli troops who broke into his home.
11:10 P.M. A large Israeli military force is conducting a sweep of a large area north of Hebron since noon in search of the three Israeli teenagers kidnapped a week ago. The area was declared a closed military zone. (Gili Cohen)
9:48 P.M. In a Friday night interview with Channel 2, Finance Minister Yair Lapid praised Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' "bold statement" on the kidnappings, the sort of which "can get someone killed in the Middle East."
Calling Abbas' speech "good and true," Lapid further complimented Abbas for making his bold remarks to the foreign ministers of Arab countries in Arabic.
According to Lapid, the objectives of Operation Brother's Keeper are to "bring the children home and to irreparably harm Hamas."
Lapid cautioned that Israel was not looking for a third intifada. "I do not want to enter a situation where I have to come to a TV studio and explain why an IDF soldier was killed." (Haaretz)
2:10 P.M. A Palestinian man who was critically wounded by IDF gunfire during clashes near the Qalandiyah checkpoint has died of his wounds, according to Palestinian sources. He was a resident of the Shoafat refugee camp. (Nir Hasson)
10:00 A.M. An initial probe into the death of the Palestinian teen indicates that the shooting occurred when a paratroopers' unit encountered heavy rioting in the West Bank village of Dura. When means of crowd control failed disperse the rioters, the unit commander ordered the troops to open fire. The teen was hit by stray bullet.
8:02 A.M. Sources in Gaza report that six people, including four children, were lightly wounded by shrapnel resulting from an IAF strike. The airstrike targeted several storage facilities, which according to Palestinian sources served civilian purposes. (Jackie Khoury)
7:59 A.M. Three Israeli minors are charged with throwing rocks and a Molotov cocktail at Palestinian vehicles in the wake of the West Bank kidnapping. The minors, one of whom is a classmate of the abducted teens, admitted to the charges. (Chaim Levinson)
7:10 A.M. A Palestinian teen, 16, was shot dead by the IDF during clashes in the West Bank village of Dura. Medical officials in Hebron say that the boy, Jihad Mohamed Duadin, was hit by live fire in the chest.
Another youth was critically wounded after being shot in the head during clashes in Qalandiyah. According to witnesses, the violence broke out when dozens began to throw stones and makeshift grenades at Israeli soldiers who were searching the area and arresting suspects. (Jackie Khoury)
6:39 A.M. An Israeli soldier was lightly wounded by stone-throwing in Qalandiyah in the West Bank overnight Thursday. Three Palestinians were wounded there as well. Another Palestinian was reportedly hit by gunfire in the Palestinian village of Dura. Soldiers arrested 25 Palestinians in the Dheisheh refugee camp, in Dura and north of Ramallah. The latest wave of arrests brings the total of Palestinians captured since the kidnapping to 355. (Gili Cohen)
2:50 A.M. Israel Air Force strikes three targets in the Gaza Strip. The IDF Spokesperson's Unit says targets include rocket launchers in the northern Strip, a terrorist center in the central Strip, and a weapons stash in the south.
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