Palestinians, Israeli Forces Clash in West Bank, East Jerusalem; Protester Killed

Israeli army on high alert amid tensions over Temple Mount and terror attack in settlements

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Israeli forces and Palestinian protesters clash in East Jerusalem, July 21, 2017.
Israeli forces and Palestinian protesters clash in East Jerusalem, July 21, 2017.Credit: Emil Salman

A Palestinian was killed in clashes with Israeli security in the West Bank on Saturday, the Palestinian Red Crescent reported. The protester was shot in the chest in the West Bank town of al-Eizariya and was rushed to a Ramallah hospital, and later died of his wounds.

The Israeli army said it was unaware of any causality in the area, though it noted a Palestinian was wounded not far away on Friday trying to build a makeshift bomb in his house.

Another Palestinian was lightly hurt by a rubber bullet fired by Israeli security forces in the Qalandiyah refugee camp. Four people were wounded by rubber bullets in clashes near the West Bank Palestinian village of Kafr Qaddum. An army officer who was lightly injured by a stone thrown by a Palestinian was taken to the hospital.

On Friday, a resident of the Palestinian town Khobar stabbed three Israelis to death in the nearby settlement of Halamish.

In all, clashes took place at the Qalandiyah checkpoint in the northern West Bank, and across East Jerusalem, in the A-Tur, Isawiyah, and Shoafat neighborhoods. The Red Crescent reported treating 57 people who were injured in the clashes in Jerusalem. Twelve people were taken to the hospital most of whom were injured by rubber bullets, the organization said.

A fire bomb, as well as stones and flares, were thrown at security forces in Isawyiyah. A policeman injured by a flare was treated at the scene. In A-Tur, a crowd threw stones, fire bombs and flares directly at security forces and was dispersed.

A disorderly crowd near the Lions Gate of the Old City of Jerusalem threw stones, bottles and other objects at security forces and was pushed back by the forces.

On Friday, three Palestinians were killed in clashes between protesters and Israeli security forces in East Jerusalem, Palestinian sources reported. Israel's military said over 3,000 took part in protests throughout the West Bank and East Jerusalem on Friday. Clashes also erupted between protestors and Israeli forces in the south of the Gaza Strip.

Over 300 were reportedly wounded in Friday's protests that were held in response to new security measures put in place at Jerusalem's Temple Mount following a shooting attack there a weeke ago in which two police officers were killed.

Following Friday's terror attack in the Halamish settlement, which claimed the lives of a father and his two adult children and wounded his wife, Israel deployed thousands of additional troops across the West Bank. An IDF official told Haaretz on Saturday that the army is on high alert in wake of the recent events in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

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