Palestinian Shot by Security Forces After Hurling Firebombs at Border Police in West Bank

The suspect was arrested by Border Police soldiers at the entrance to a military court where the attack took place

Yotam Berger
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Palestinian youth throws firebomb at Israeli security forces, Ramallah, West Bank, 2018.
Palestinian youth throws a firebomb at Israeli security forces, Ramallah, West Bank, 2018. Credit: Reuters
Yotam Berger
Yotam Berger

Israeli Border Police officers shot a Palestinian man who hurled firebombs at the entrance of a military court in Salem in the West Bank on Tuesday.

The man, who suffered injuries to his lower body, has been arrested. Police sappers were summoned to the scene, and the entrance to the court has been cordoned off. 

The military court in Salem is frequently targeted. Last month, a man attempted entering the court with a pipe bomb.

In June a video circulated Palestinian social media sites showing two Israeli soldiers fleeing from youth throwing stones at them in a West Bank village.

The video was even picked up by a Twitter account associated with Hamas’ military wing al-Qassam Brigades.

The video's title reads: “Occupation soldiers flee during a confrontation in Kfar Qaddum,” and the footage shows more than a dozen Palestinians throwing stones at two soldiers.

When a few of the assailants approach the soldiers, they take cover behind a cement wall. The 40-second video does not show the soldiers responding with gunfire at the stone-throwers.

In response to the video which was filmed in a village near Nablus, the Israel Defense Forces charged that it was edited in a biased way and made clear that the violent protest there was eventually dispersed.

The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said that during the incident “several fighters were deployed in ambush to respond more precisely. Once they completed their mission they ran to another position.”

“The video doesn’t show all the forces who were present at the incident, it is edited in a deliberate way that does not reflect the soldiers’ actions involved in breaking up the disturbance, or the entire situation. We point out that the soldiers completed their mission and the disturbance was dispersed,” the IDF added.