Palestinian Protester Killed by Israeli Fire Near Illegal West Bank Outpost

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Palestinians carrying a wounded protester near the West bank village of Beita, today.
Palestinians carrying a wounded protester near the West bank village of Beita, today. Credit: JAAFAR ASHTIYEH / AFP
Jack Khoury

A Palestinian protester was killed by Israeli military fire while demonstrating near the illegal outpost of Evyatar in the West Bank, the Palestinian Health Ministry said on Friday.  

The 38-year-old Palestinian was identified as Imad Duikat, a father of five from the village of Beita near the illegal outpost.

According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, Duikat suffered gunshot wounds to his chest, and was rushed to Rafidia Hospital in Nablus, where he succumbed to his wounds.

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According to the Palestinian Red Crescent, 59 protesters were wounded near Beita. One Palestinian was shot in the foot, 20 were injured by sponge-tipped bullets, and the rest suffered from tear gas inhalation. Some of the wounded were evacuated to the hospital in Nablus.

The Israeli army said that 700 Palestinians hurled stones and rolled burning tires at soldiers and Border Police forces, who responded with crowd dispersal measures.

Last month, one Palestinian teen was killed and nine were wounded by Israeli military live fire in two separate clashes in the West Bank, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry and the Red Crescent.

After agreeing to a compromise with the government last month, the Evyatar settlers left the illegal outpost, but their homes remain standing. Israel will examine the ownership status of the land before determining whether the settlers can return to Evyatar.

As Friday's weekly demonstrations outside the outpost continue,  hundreds of protesters – the majority of whom are residents of Beita – have been clashing with IDF soldiers.   

Duikat is the ninth resident of the village who died from IDF fire during the clashes in recent months. Another resident of Beita, 41-year-old Shadi Lutfi Salim, was killed last week near his village.

The IDF said that he was shot because he was advancing quickly toward a group of soldiers with an iron bar in his hand and didn't stop, even after the soldiers fired warning shots in the air. According to the Palestinians, he was a plumber who frequently came to that area to open the main valve that controls the village's water supply. 

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