IDF Shoots Three Palestinians After They Threw Pipe Bomb at Army Post

Incident late on Friday follows week of escalating West Bank violence which killed at least two Palestinians and an IDF soldier

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IDF soldiers and Border Police officers are seen in the aftermath of a stabbing attack at a checkpoint near Abu Dis in the West Bank, April 22, 2020.
IDF soldiers and Border Police officers are seen in the aftermath of a stabbing attack at a checkpoint near Abu Dis in the West Bank, April 22, 2020.Credit: Ohad Zwigenberg
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Three Palestinians threw an explosive at a military post in the West Bank and were shot by soldiers, an IDF spokesperson said Friday night. 

According to the army, soldiers identified the Palestinians after they threw a pipe bomb, and were lighting firebombs to throw at the post, located in Abu Dis, east of Jerusalem.

The condition of the Palestinians involved remains unclear, and the Red Cresent evacuated them for medical treatment.

The events late on Friday took place as Palestinians marked the Nakba, and followed a week of escalating violence in the West Bank.

On Thursday, a soldier was injured near the settlement of Negohot, south-east of Hebron. He was rushed to the Soroka Medical Center in Be'er Sheva suffering from a leg injury in moderate condition and later deteriorated. 

The Palestinian suspect was shot dead at the scene, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said, adding that the army is looking into the incident.

On Wednesday, Zaid Qaisia, 15, was killed by IDF fire during clashes at the Al Fuwar refugee camp, near Hebron in the West Bank. According to reports, Israeli forces were making arrests at the refugee camp, and clashes broke out between soldiers and young residents. 

The Palestinian Health Ministry said that the 15-year-old Palestinian was critically injured by live fire and died of his wounds. Two more young Palestinians were moderately wounded by live fire in the stomach and back, the ministry said. Thousands attended Qaisa's funeral procession in Al Fuwar on Wednesday morning.

A day earlier on Tuesday, 21-year-old Sgt. 1st Class Amit Ben-Yigal, was killed after a stone was dropped on his head during an operation to arrest Palestinian suspects in the West Bank. 

A resident of the town told Haaretz that the incident occurred in the early morning when many residents were awake because of Ramadan.

Yaniv Kubovich, Jack Khoury and Hagar Shezaf contributed to this report.

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