Palestinian Teen Killed in Clashes With Israeli Forces During Arrests Near Hebron

Witnesses say the IDF used live fire in Al Fuwar, killing Ziad Qaisia, 15 ■ Six Palestinians wounded in overnight clashes with IDF in village where soldier was killed Tuesday

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The funeral procession for Ziad Qaisia, who was killed in clashes with the IDF in Al Fuwar refugee camp, May 13, 2020.
The funeral procession for Ziad Qaisia, who was killed in clashes with the IDF in Al Fuwar refugee camp, May 13, 2020.Credit:
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A Palestinian teenager was killed by IDF fire during clashes at the Al Fuwar refugee camp, near Hebron, Palestinian media reported Wednesday morning.

According to reports, Israeli forces were making arrests at the refugee camp, and clashes broke out between soldiers and young residents. The Palestinian Health Ministry said that Zaid Qaisia, 15, was critically injured by live fire and died of his wounds. Two more young Palestinians were moderately wounded by live fire in the stomach and back, the ministry said. Thousands attended Qaisa's funeral procession in Al Fuwar on Wednesday morning. 

Ziad Qaisia
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According to an eyewitness, IDF soldiers entered the refugee camp under the cover of a Palestinian van. Witnesses say that when the clashes broke out, the soldiers used live fire and crowd control measures.

In a statement, the Israeli military said that violent riots broke out during an arrest raid in the refugee camp, "during which terrorists threw stones and boulders, firebombs and explosives during the operation," and added that gunshots were heard in the area. 

The statement added that forces responded with crowd control measures and live fire, and that a soldier was lightly wounded by the stone throwing. "We are aware of the claim that a Palestinian was killed and that a number of Palestinians were wounded," the military said.  

Israeli soldiers arrest a Palestinian after a soldier was killed during an arrest raid, in the village of Ya'bad near the West Bank city of Jenin, May 12, 2020.
Israeli soldiers arrest a Palestinian after a soldier was killed during an arrest raid, in the village of Ya'bad near the West Bank city of Jenin, May 12, 2020.Credit: Majdi Mohammed,AP

Six Palestinians were wounded overnight Tuesday in clashes between Israeli forces and dozens of residents of the village of Ya'bad, . Forces entered the village, near Jenin, early Tuesday morning to carry out arrests when an assailant hurled a rock from a rooftop, which struck and killed Staff Sgt. Amit Ben Ygal, 21.   

An eyewitness in the town said Israeli troops arrested 11 people, all members of the same family, after the incident. Local reports also said four young people were wounded by rubber bullets. 

Also overnight, Hebrew graffiti reading "I do not sleep when blood has been spilled herel" and "The lives of our soldiers come before the lives of the enemy," was spray painted in the West Bank village of Bilin, south of Beit El, in a suspected "price tag" hate crime. 

On Tuesday evening, the Israeli military entered the village of Ya'bad again and clashes erupted with local youth. Troops encircled one of the buildings with equipment used for home demolitions, according to Palestinian eye witnesses. 

A resident of the town told Haaretz that the incident occurred in the early morning when many residents were awake because of Ramadan. Clashes erupted after the troops arrived at the town, he said.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed that "Israel's long arm will reach the terrorist and hold him accountable."

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