200 Palestinians March at Site of Arson Attack, Some Clash With IDF

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Palestinian demonstrators throw stones toward Israeli army soldiers during clashes at the entrance of the Jalazone refugee camp, near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015.Credit: AP

Some 200 people marched on Saturday from the West Bank village of Douma – where a Palestinian infant was burned to death early Friday morning in an arson attack – toward the nearby Alon Junction, blocking several roads.

According to IDF reports, several Palestinian protesters are throwing rocks and hurling burning tires.

Clashes also erupted near the West Bank village of Kadum, where dozens of Palestinians are throwing rocks and firebombs at security forces. The IDF is responding with gas and stun grenades.

At the entrance to the Israeli-Arab town of Umm al-Fahm, some 50 people are protesting. 

Earlier on Saturday, settlers from the outpost of Esh Kedosh clashed with Palestinians from an adjacent village, south of Nablus. No injuries were reported but IDF forces were called to the scene, which declared the area a closed military zone.

According to Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official in Nablus who monitors settlement activity, the settlers attacked Palestinian farmers working their land in Kusra village in an attempt to force them off the land, but dozens of local activists arrived and an altercation ensued. According to Daghlas, the incident ended when the settlers withdrew from the area.

Clashes also took place between Palestinians and IDF forces in the West Bank refugee camp of Jalazone, north of Ramallah, after the funeral of 17-year old Laith Fadel al-Khaladi, who was killed by Israeli soldiers on Friday. Eight Palestinians were lightly wounded by rubber bullets fired by IDF soldiers, according to Palestinian sources.

A number of incidents were reported overnight Friday in Jerusalem. In East Jerusalem's Shuafat refugee camp, two Border Police officers were wounded by stones thrown at them. In the Old City, flares were fired and stones were thrown at security forces. Two instances of firebombs being thrown were also reported and in one case a young Jewish boy was arrested for allegedly throwing stones at Palestinians' cars.

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