IDF soldier shoots Palestinian in the hand at protest

IDF soldier shoots Palestinian in the hand at protest

Malek Tamimi lightly injured at Nabi Saleh demonstration

Ilan Ben Zion, a reporter at the Associated Press, is a former news editor at The Times of Israel. He holds a Masters degree in Diplomacy from Tel Aviv University and an Honors Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, Jewish Studies, and English.

A Palestinian man was shot in the hand by an IDF soldier on Friday during a protest near the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh. Malek Tamimi was taken in moderate to light condition to the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah for treatment.

Protesters threw stones at IDF forces and attacked one of the soldiers, who fired in the air in response, Army Radio reported.

Maan News quoted an army spokeswoman saying that protesters surrounded and attacked the soldiers, who felt “an imminent threat to their lives” and therefore fired in the air “to distance the attackers.”

The weekly demonstration in Nabi Saleh protests against the perceived illegal confiscation of village land by the nearby settlement of Halamish. A Nabi Saleh resident and protester, Mustafa Tamimi, was killed when struck in the face with a tear gas grenade in December, 2011.

Friday night’s incident was under investigation.


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