Palestinian Seriously Wounded by IDF Fire in West Bank

Soldier opened fire after Palestinians threw stones, firecrackers, Israeli army says.

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File phote: Israeli soldiers fire rubber bullets towards Palestinian protesters during, Silwad, Oct. 26, 2014.
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Gili Cohen
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A Palestinian was seriously wounded by Israeli army fire in clashes in the West Bank on Monday.

The incident occurred during clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinians in the village of Kfar Yabed, after stones were thrown at vehicles on the road leading to the Israeli settlement of Mevo Dotan, the Israel Defense Forces said.

According to the IDF, the soldiers opened fire after the Palestinians threw stones and firecrackers at the forces, at which point the man was seriously wounded.

Last week a Palestinian-American teenager was shot dead by Israeli soldiers during clashes that erupted in a weekly protest in Silwad, near Ramallah in the West Bank.

According to the military, the boy, 14, was about to throw a firebomb towards Route 60; an IDF unit positioned nearby opened fire after he had lit the firebomb's fuse, and was preparing to hurl it. Palestinian officials denied these claims.

A week earlier a 13-year-old boy was killed in a West Bank village. According to eyewitnesses, Bahaa Samir Badr was hit by a live bullet in his chest during clashes in the Beit Laqia village northwest of Ramallah. He died later that day in a Ramallah hospital.

Tensions have been high since June, when three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped and killed by Palestinian militants in the West Bank. Jewish extremists retaliated by kidnapping and killing a Palestinian teenager in east Jerusalem, sparking riots. The kidnappings set off a series of events that led to the 50-day Gaza war.

Last week a Palestinian drove his car into a Jerusalem train station, killing a 3-month-old baby - who was a U.S. citizen - and wounding eight other people, one of whom died of her wounds several days later.

The car's driver, identified as Abdel Rahman al-Shaludi, was a Palestinian from east Jerusalem who had served time in prison for militant activities. He was shot by police as he tried to run away and later died from his wounds.

Tensions have been especially high in East Jerusalem, where riots, which have been going on for several days, continued Monday as Palestinians clashed with police and attacked property.

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