IDF thwarts infiltration into West Bank settlement

Soldiers shoot at 3 suspects attempting to breach security perimeter of Kokhav Ya’akov near Ramallah; one injured

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IDF soldiers shot at three Palestinians suspected of attempting to infiltrate the West Bank settlement of Kochav Yaakov, near Ramallah, late Monday night.

One man was injured in the shooting, as the three were trying to breach the security perimeter of the settlement, and was being treated at hospital, Channel 2 reported. The others fled.

Military sources said that this was not the first attempted infiltration into a settlement over the past week.

The West Bank has seen a series of violent incidents Monday evening, in the shadow of a large-scale IDF operation to search for the three kidnapped Israeli teenagers — Eyal Yifrach, Naftali Frankel and Gil-ad Shaar — who went missing Thursday night near Hebron.

In Bayt Umar north of Hebron, clashes erupted between IDF soldiers and Palestinians after rocks were hurled at the soldiers, who then responded with tear gas, stun grenades and rubber bullets, according to reports. There were no reported injuries.

In an incident Monday near Karnei Shomron, a woman and her one-year-old child were lightly injured when rocks were thrown at their vehicle. Both were treated at the scene.

The violence also spilled into East Jerusalem, where two Molotov cocktails were thrown at the Beit Orot Yeshiva on the Mount of Olives, causing a small fire. Teachers and students were asked to leave the premises. There were no reported injuries in the incident.

Earlier in the evening, IDF forces arrested two Palestinians near Gush Etzion, at the request of the Shin Bet. The two were taken in for questioning after their vehicle was stopped and searched by soldiers.

Additionally, six Palestinians were injured Monday night, including one seriously, by IDF fire during clashes at the Qalandiya checkpoint, the Ma’an news agency reported.

According to the report, IDF troops used tear gas and stun grenades to disperse a protest in honor of the 19-year-old Palestinian youth killed Monday Jelazoun refugee camp near Ramallah early Monday during an operation to make arrests in the camp.

The IDF said that due to the disturbance, soldiers were forced to disperse the protest.

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