18-year-old Killed in Clashes With Security Forces Near Bethlehem, Palestinian Health Ministry Says

According to an IDF spokesperson, a unit of the special ops Duvdevan force was conducting arrests in the refugee camp when stones and improvised explosive devices were thrown at it from rooftops

A relative of Palestinian Bara Hamamdah, who was shot dead during clashes with Israeli forces, cries over his body during his funeral in the Dheisheh Refugee Camp, near the West Bank town of Bethlehem, on July 14, 2017
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The Palestinian Health Ministry has reported that an 18-year-old man, Bara Hamamdah, was killed on Friday morning in clashes with Israeli security forces near the Dheisheh refugee camp, close to Bethlehem.

According to the Israel Defense Forces spokesperson, the special ops Duvdevan unit was conducting arrests in the refugee camp when stones and improvised explosive devices were thrown at it from rooftops. The force opened fire in order to, according to the army, “remove the threat.”

A similar incident occurred two days ago during an army operation in the Jenin refugee camp. A unit of the Maglan special operations force was patrolling the camp when it was attacked with dozens of improvised explosive devices, thrown from rooftops. The soldiers fired back at their assailants, killing two people and injuring another, according to Palestinian sources.

Earlier this month there were violent clashes between the police and young Palestinians who were participating in the funeral of Ali Abu-Gharbiye, an East Jerusalem resident who had drowned in the Sea of Galilee. One officer was hit in the face and received treatment at the scene.  The Palestinian Red Crescent reported that 30 Palestinians were wounded in that incident. One of them was seriously injured by a rubber bullet that hit him in the eye. Nine others were wounded by rubber bullets or by inhalation of tear gas. They were all evacuated to hospital.

The police prevented a march from taking place, announcing that “it would not allow any agent to exploit a funeral procession and turn it into a nationalist event, while disturbing the peace.”