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Hamas urges: 'Set the ground ablaze'

At least nine Palestinians reported killed as violence spreads to West Bank

Palestinians report 500 injured in clashes, including by live fire; IDF says 3,000 participate in violent riots that involve stone-throwing, Molotov cocktails

A Palestinian throws a burning tire onto a pile during clashes with Israeli forces near the Jewish settlement of Beit El near Ramallah in the West Bank on May 14, 2021. (ABBAS MOMANI / AFP)
A Palestinian throws a burning tire onto a pile during clashes with Israeli forces near the Jewish settlement of Beit El near Ramallah in the West Bank on May 14, 2021. (ABBAS MOMANI / AFP)

At least nine West Bank Palestinians were killed by Israeli live fire during violent clashes with the Israel Defense Forces on Friday, the Palestinian Authority health ministry said.

Palestinians threw rocks, Molotov cocktails and shot fireworks at several locations across the West Bank, according to the IDF. Israeli soldiers responded with riot dispersal means and, in some cases, live fire.

According to the IDF, some 3,000 Palestinians participated in the riots. The IDF said live fire had been used at some of the sites, including to target “main rioters.”

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called on the United States to intervene to stop the escalation in the West Bank and Gaza after the bloody day of West Bank clashes.

“The president calls on the US administration to immediately and swiftly intervene to stop this Israeli aggression so that things do not get out of control,” Abbas’s office said in a statement.

Abbas called the shooting deaths “brutal and programmed killings carried out by the Israeli occupation forces.”

According to the PA health ministry, one of the Palestinian fatalities was shot during clashes in the town of Urif, near Nablus, and another in Yaabad, west of Jenin. Another two took place near the West Bank city of Salfit.

Local Palestinian media reported that demonstrators in Urif torched a Palestinian Authority police station during the riots.

A 20-year-old Palestinian man was shot in Jericho, the health ministry said. Another Palestinian man, Issa Barhum, was killed in clashes south of Nablus.

A Palestinian man who was taken to a hospital in Yatta in the south Hebron hills with reported wounds from IDF fire also died of his wounds, the Palestinian health ministry said.

According to the health ministry, some 500 Palestinians were wounded in clashes across the West Bank since the beginning of Friday.

The clashes broke out as West Bank Palestinians marched to protest Israeli policies in Jerusalem and the ongoing hostilities between Israel and Hamas.

Hamas encouraged the rising violence, calling for Palestinians to “set the ground ablaze under the feet of the occupation.”

“O you free heroes of the West Bank, blessed are your arms. We salute your revolution,” a spokesperson for Hamas’s armed wing said.

Palestinians clash with Israeli troops near Jenin on Friday, May 14, 2021, in solidarity with Jerusalem and Gaza (WAFA)

Another Palestinian was shot and killed during what the Israel Defense Forces said was an attempted terror attack on Friday morning.

According to the army, assailant tried to attack Israeli troops at a base near the Ofra settlement. He first attempted to ram a soldier stationed at a military post with his vehicle, and then got out and tried to stab him, the IDF said.

Later in the day, troops shot two men in a car during an attempted ramming attack near the central West Bank town of Ya’abed, according to Hebrew media reports.

The two suspects were being treated by medics at the scene. There were no injuries to the Israeli soldiers.

Over a dozen West Bank Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces since hostilities with Hamas began on Monday, according to publicly available PA health ministry updates.

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