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IDF, Palestinians clash in several West Bank hot-spots

Palestinian man reportedly shot in the head near Hebron; two Israeli officers lightly injured by stones thrown by rioters

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 throwing stones at Israeli troops in the West Bank in December. (photo credit: Issam Rimawi/Flash90)
A Palestinian throwing stones at Israeli troops in the West Bank in December. (photo credit: Issam Rimawi/Flash90)

Palestinians clashed with Israeli security forces in the West Bank on Friday, leaving two soldiers and at least one Palestinian man injured.

Protesters in the village of Bil’in, west of Ramallah, threw rocks at the IDF and Border Police officers, and the latter responded with riot control methods. The village, where Israel’s West Bank security barrier is being erected along a disputed route, is the scene of near-weekly clashes. A Border Police officer was lightly injured when a rock struck her hand. She was taken to Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva for treatment.

Other clashes were reported near the Palestinian villages of Silwad, Nabi Saleh, Kafr Qadum and al-Arub. An IDF officer was lightly injured by a stone thrown by Palestinians during a riot near al-Arub, near Hebron.

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During clashes near Hebron, the IDF reportedly shot a Palestinian man in the head with a plastic-coated bullet, according to the Palestinian Ma’an News Agency. There was no immediate report of the man’s condition. The IDF was investigating the incident.

Another Palestinian was lightly to moderately wounded by IDF fire after he and two others attempted to damage the security fence west of Hebron. An IDF patrol engaged the man and shot him in the leg. The wounded man was taken to an Israeli hospital for treatment, Israel Radio reported.

IDF soldiers also arrested three men next to the West Bank settlement of Itamar, near Nablus, for illegal possession of a hunting rifle. Two of the men had previous criminal records, according to Channel 10.

Earlier on Friday, approximately 100 olive trees were damaged and anti-Palestinian slurs were spray painted in the Palestinian village of Khirbet al-Tawani, according to Israel Radio. The IDF opened an investigation into the incident.

According to the radio report, the IDF “regards the incident with gravity and emphasized that incidents of this kind undermine the security stability of the area.” Ma’an News noted that “the perpetrators of such crimes are rarely caught.”

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