Palestinian Seriously Wounded by Israeli Fire Near Illegal West Bank Outpost, Red Crescent Says

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Palestinian demonstrators run through tear gas fumes during clashes near Evyatar, Friday.
Palestinian demonstrators run through tear gas fumes during clashes near Evyatar, Friday.Credit: JAAFAR ASHTIYEH / AFP
Jack Khoury

A Palestinian was seriously wounded Friday by Israeli military fire during clashes next to the unauthorized outpost of Evyatar in the West Bank, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent.

Three Palestinians were also wounded by rubber bullets, the Red Crescent added.  

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Four Palestinians have been killed since protests against the establishment of the outpost began last month, two of them teenagers.

Later on Friday, a Palestinian armed with a knife was shot at and arrested as he approached the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar, according to the military.

The suspect was first noticed by a military observation post, which alerted the settlement's security coordinator, the military's statement said. The security coordinator saw the suspect was armed with a knife, fired at his lower body, and arrested him, it added.

Meanwhile, Israeli security forces are preparing to dismantle Evyatar – which already contains 50 families constructing permanent homes – within days or weeks, as officials warn that its continued existence poses serious security risks.

Earlier this month, the head of the military's Central Command, Maj. Gen. Tamir Yadai, issued a demarcation order allowing the eviction of the outpost's settlers without further notice.

Last week, Evyatar residents filed objections to the order, which were rejected. This move, however, gave the residents an additional week, which will elapse on Sunday, to pursue other legal action in the case.

Earlier this week, hundreds of settlers participated in 14 marches across the West Bank to protest Palestinian construction in Area C, which is under Israeli security control. The slogan of the marches was “Fighting for state lands.” No incidents were recorded during the marches.

Last week, 16-year-old Amhad Shamsa succumbed to his wounds after an Israeli soldier opened fire on him the previous night near Evyatar.

According to the Israeli military, Shamsa was shot after he threw an explosive device at soldiers.

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