10 Palestinians injured, 2 critically, in clash with IDF
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10 Palestinians injured, 2 critically, in clash with IDF

Army says troops responded to ‘main instigators’ in a riot near Bethlehem after being targeted by rocks and firebombs

Dov Lieber is The Times of Israel's Arab affairs correspondent.

Illustrative: IDF soldiers during an arrest raid in the Deheishe refugee camp, near the West Bank city of Bethlehem, on December 8, 2015. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)
Illustrative: IDF soldiers during an arrest raid in the Deheishe refugee camp, near the West Bank city of Bethlehem, on December 8, 2015. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)

Ten Palestinians were injured, two critically, in confrontations with Israeli soldiers in the Deheishe refugee camp south of Bethlehem on Thursday morning, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

The Israel army said it was responding to violent attacks by rioters.

According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, seven of the injured were hit by live fire and three by rubber-coated bullets.

One of the critically injured men was shot in the back, near the spine, and the other was shot in the thigh, puncturing an artery and causing severe bleeding, the ministry said.

The injured were transferred to a hospital in nearby Beit Jala for treatment, according to the ministry.

“During IDF activity in the Deheishe refugee camp, violent riots were instigated as rioters threw firebombs and rocks at the troops. In response to the immediate threat, IDF troops used riot dispersal means and fired toward the main instigators,” an IDF spokesperson said.

Graffiti and banners are seen in Deheishe refugee camp, near Bethlehem (Maya Levin/Flash90/File)

The clash came a day after 17-year-old Musab Firas al-Tamimi was fatally wounded by IDF fire during a protest in the village of Deir Nidham, near Ramallah.

The army initially said troops at the scene had suspected the teenager of carrying a weapon, but an army spokesperson could not confirm on Thursday that al-Tamimi had indeed been armed.

The West Bank has seen near-daily protests since US President Donald Trump announced that he was recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on December 6.

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