Police Kill Palestinian in East Jerusalem; Clashes Spread Across West Bank

Since beginning of current clashes, Palestinians claim over 150 wounded by live weapons fire, with 360 others being injured by rubber-coated bullets fired by Israeli forces.

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Palestinian protesters throw stones at Israeli military vehicle during clashes with Israeli troops near Ramallah, West Bank, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015.
Palestinian protesters throw stones at Israeli military vehicle during clashes with Israeli troops near Ramallah, West Bank, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015.Credit: AP

Israeli police shot and killed a 20-year-old Palestinian and wounded at least six other people Thursday during clashes in East Jerusalem’s Shoafat refugee camp.

Usam Hasam Faraj, 20, of the Shoafat refugee camp, was killed by a bullet to his chest. According to medical staff in the camp, he was hit by a bullet fired by a Ruger rifle.

Palestinians carry an injured man during clashes with Israeli troops near Ramallah, West Bank, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. Credit: AFP

A Palestinian medical source from Shoafat reported that at least six people were wounded either seriously or moderately by gunfire from a Ruger rifle at the refugee camp. At least one was wounded in the eye, one in the chest and one in the head. They were evacuated to a Ramallah hospital.

Clashes continued in the afternoon between young Palestinians and Israel Defense Force soldiers in Bethlehem, at the Beit El checkpoint in the Ramallah area, at Beit Omar and El Arub south of Bethlehem, at the Halhul bridge in Hebron and in the Tul Karm industrial zone, the Voice of Palestine radio reported.

In Beit Omar, the IDF is said to have taken over a residential building under construction opposite the settlement of Karmei Tzur and ordered the laborers on the site to leave. Israeli troops also reportedly took over several warehouses in the east of the town on the main highway to Jerusalem and, according to a Palestinian report, set up a military position there.

The Voice of Palestine broadcast live coverage of all of the clashes as well as the stabbing attacks carried out in Israel Thursday. Around 2 P.M., the Palestinian Health Ministry reported that eight Palestinians including a young woman had been wounded by live weapons fire and rubber-coated bullets fired by Israeli troops. Since then, however, the station reported another seven young Palestinians wounded by rubber-coated bullets at a demonstration near the Beit El checkpoint. Dozens of others who suffered from inhalation of tear gas were treated by the Red Crescent, it was reported.

A wounded Palestinian girl lies on the ground during clashes with Israeli troops near the Jewish settlement of Bet El, near the West Bank city of Ramallah October 8, 2015. Credit: Reuters

Late Wednesday night, Israeli troops raided four homes and a grocery store in the West Bank Palestinian town of Beit Faruk, near the site of the shooting attack a week ago that killed an Israeli husband and wife, Eitam and Naama Henkin. The troops carried out intensive searches in Beit Faruk and left disarray in their wake, including damage to the grocery and to store merchandise.

According to the Duz local news website in Nablus, during the raids on the homes, the Shin Bet security service official responsible for the area interrogated the administrator of the “Beit Faruk First” Facebook page, Alaa Hanani, and demanded that he stop alleged incitement against the army and refrain from taking any more photographs of clashes and demonstrations.

One of the homes that was raided and searched belongs to a Palestinian prisoner, Namer Sadki al-Haj Mohammed, who was freed by Israel in 2011 the prisoner exchange for captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit and expelled to the Gaza Strip. The Palestinian Safa news website reported that the Shin Bet official responsible for the Nablus area, who is known as Naim, provided the former Palestinian prisoner’s family notice of an order for the demolition of their home. Palestinian news websites also reported nighttime raids and searches of homes in the village of Tell, south of Nablus.

The Safa news website reported Thursday that the Shin Bet issued a restraining order requiring that a resident of Jerusalem’s Beit Hanina neighborhood, Anan Najib, leave the area for six months. Najib had been released from more than a month’s detention several days ago and underwent extensive interrogation by the Shin Bet, the Safa website reported. The married father of two was given three hours to leave the city.

The Islamic Bloc organization at West Bank universities, which is identified with Hamas, called on its followers and more broadly on all students to join mass demonstrations.

Since the beginning of the current clashes, 150 Palestinians have been wounded by live weapons fire, with 360 others being injured by rubber-coated bullets fired by Israeli forces, Palestinian Health Minister Jawad Awad reported that hundreds of others have suffered from tear gas inhalation and about 90 have been treated after being struck by Israeli soldiers or settlers.

Since the current wave of violence erupted, the Palestinian Health Ministry has recorded 18 attacks on Palestinian ambulances, with injuries sustained by 20 medical personnel and volunteers en route to treating the injured. The ministry did not provide details on the nature of the attacks.

In the week ending Thursday morning, Israeli security forces arrested 320 Palestinians, including 80 in Jerusalem and similar numbers in Ramallah and Hebron. Late Wednesday night alone, 40 Palestinians were arrested, including 35 in Hebron, according to the Palestinian Prisoners Club. About half of those detained were under 18, the club stated.

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