Israeli Soldiers Shoot Palestinian Teen Dead in West Bank Clashes

Israel Police says two Border Policewomen were lightly wounded in confrontations with protesters in West Bank village

Jack Khoury
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A Palestinian protester scales the security wall as others burn tires during a demonstration against a U.S.-brokered peace proposal, in the West Bank village of Bilin near Ramallah, February 7, 2020.
A Palestinian protester scales the security wall as others burn tires during a demonstration against a U.S.-brokered peace proposal, in the West Bank village of Bilin near Ramallah, February 7, 2020.Credit: AFP
Jack Khoury

Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian youth during clashes in the West Bank near Tul Karm, the Palestinian Authority said Friday, as violent incidents between Palestinians and Israelis in the West Bank continue to escalate in the aftermath of the White House's unveiling of its plan for Mideast peace.

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The Palestinian Health Ministry said that the youth was hit in the aorta during confrontations between Palestinians and Israeli forces in the village of Qaffin. The Israel Defense Forces said he was shot after soldiers identified that he was throwing a Molotov cocktail at them. The Palestinian was evacuated to the hospital, where he died of his wounds.

Meanwhile, Israel Police said two border policewomen were lightly wounded after altercations erupted between hundreds of Plaestinians and Israeli security forces near the northern West Bank village of Azzun. A soldier was also lightly wounded by a rock thrown by Palestinians.

The border policewomen and the soldier were evacuated to a nearby hospital for further treatment, police and the IDF said, and the Israel Police added that Palestinians were hurling rocks and molotov cocktails at Israeli forces, who responded with riot dispersal methods.

The IDF said that clashes are occurring at seven main flashpoints in all, with the largest being Qaffin and Azzun.The Palestinian Red Crescent said eleven more people suffered light-to-moderate wounds during the clashes, eight from a live ammunition and two in their lower body from rubber-tipped bullets.

Tensions have been rising in the West Bank since U.S. President Donald Trump presented his Middle East peace plan and declarations from Israeli leaders in favor of Israeli annexation of parts of the territory.

On Thursday, 12 Israeli soldiers were wounded when a Palestinian man plowed his car into them in Jerusalem and then fled the scene. Earlier Friday morning, the Jerusalem magistrate's court extended the detention of the suspect in the car-ramming attack, East Jerusalem resident Sanad Al Tarman.

A second violent incident was reported on Thursday in Jerusalem’s Old City, where gunfire lightly wounded a border policeman near the Lions’ Gate, which is a point of entry close to the Temple Mount plaza. The shooting suspect, Shadi Bana, 45, was shot and killed by security forces after attempting to flee the scene. 

In a third incident, also on Thursday, a 20-year-old soldier was lightly wounded by gunfire near the Israeli West Bank settlement of Dolev. He was treated at the scene and taken to hospital, fully conscious. Israeli security forces suspect he was shot by a passing car, and are trying to track down the perpetrator.

Overnight Wednesday, a 19-year-old Palestinian identified as Yazan Abu Tabikh, a cadet in the Palestinian Police College in Jericho,  was killed during clashes in the West Bank city of Jenin that had erupted after the Israeli military entered the city in order to carry out a security operation. The Israeli military is investigating the incident.

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