A Palestinian was killed and two more were seriously wounded in several clashes Monday between Israeli security forces and Palestinians in the West Bank. Another Palestinian died from wounds he received when he was allegedly shot by Israel Defense Forces soldiers on Saturday.
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Disturbances throughout the West Bank began about a week ago, even before the assassination of Hamas military chief Ahmed Jabari in Gaza last Wednesday afternoon. But the demonstrations, which were organized to express solidarity with the residents of Gaza, escalated significantly this past Saturday.
Hundreds of Palestinians demonstrated and confronted IDF and Border Police forces all over the West Bank on Monday. In the afternoon, hundreds of people demonstrated in Hebron and threw rocks at soldiers, who opened fire at several of the rioters. One suffered moderate wounds when he was shot as he tried to throw a firebomb at the soldiers.
About an hour afterward, Palestinians threw a firebomb at an Israeli car near Ma’aleh Levona in the Ariel region. The car’s passengers managed to escape before the car went up in flames.
On Monday evening Palestinians rioted on the road near Halhoul, north of Hebron. A masked man who tried to attack a soldier was shot and killed on the spot. At the same time, shots were fired from three Palestinian cars at an IDF position at Salam in the northern West Bank. The bullets hit a building, but none of the soldiers was hurt. Afterward Palestinians threw rocks at IDF forces near Rachel’s Tomb. Two demonstrators were seriously wounded in the head when they were hit by gas canisters.
On Saturday, Palestinians demonstrated in the village of Nebi Saleh. During the demonstration, several Palestinians tried to climb a hill in the village. According to eyewitnesses, the soldiers fired rubber bullets, one of which hit Rushdi Tamimi, 31, in the back. The witnesses said the soldiers also fired live bullets, one of which hit Tamimi in the back and pierced his stomach. He died of his wounds in Ramallah Hospital.
Also on Saturday demonstrators blocked the road at Hizme, near the Jerusalem neighborhood of Pisgat Ze’ev, and threw rocks at Jewish cars. One woman was lightly wounded. On Sunday, a Jewish man was lightly to moderately wounded when a rock was thrown at him in the Hebron region.
In a statement Monday, the IDF Spokesman said: “This past Saturday there was an illegal and violent demonstration near Nebi Saleh, northwest of Ramallah. The demonstration involved some 80 Palestinians who threw rocks at the security forces, who responded with crowd-dispersal measures.
“Today a report was received from Palestinian sources of a Palestinian who was wounded by gunfire during the disturbances and who died of his wounds in the hospital. The circumstances of the incident are being investigated and to date no complaint regarding the incident has been received.”