Palestinian Killed in West Bank Demonstration After Temple Mount Clashes, Sources Say

Palestinian sources say Talat Ramieh, 25, killed by IDF fire in demonstration that broke out following earlier clashes between police and worshippers in Jerusalem.

A Palestinian was killed Friday during a demonstration near Qalandia military checkpoint between Jerusalem and Ramallah, according to Palestinian sources.

The sources said Talat Ramieh, 25, was killed when hit by a live bullet fired by Israel Defense Forces soldiers at dozens of stone-throwing Palestinians.

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According to the sources, Ramieh was hit in the chest during the afternoon demonstration and brought to hospital in critical condition. He succumbed to his wounds and died in the evening. 

An initial IDF investigation into the incident shows that 20 Palestinians gathered next to the Ramah camp southeast of Ramallah in the West Bank, and threw stones at IDF forces. One of the Palestinians threw fireworks directly at the soldiers. The soldiers, sensing danger, opened fire at the Palestinians as per military orders. The IDF explained that the youth was hit in the shoulder, and was taken to the hospital in Ramallah. 

The IDF also said that use of fireworks as weapons during riots has become more commonplace in recent months. 

The demonstration started after hundreds of Muslim worshippers clashed with police at Jerusalem's Temple Mount earlier on Friday. 

Following Friday prayers, worshippers began hurling rocks at the Mughrabi Bridge at the entrance to the Temple Mount, which prompted Israeli police forces to enter the plaza and attempt to scatter the protest. 

Israeli police said that dozens of protesters gathered inside the Al-Aqsa mosque after hurling rocks at security forces, who, in a rare move, came to the entrance of the mosque and used stun grenades to scatter the protesters.

Eleven policemen and 15 Palestinians were wounded as a result of the clashes. Four Palestinians were arrested.

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