ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 146

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IDF troops clash with Palestinians during demolition of illegal West Bank structure

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

Illustrative: Palestinians clash with Israeli security forces during a protest in the village of Beit Dajan, in the West Bank, on December 9, 2022. (Nasser Ishtayeh/Flash90)
Illustrative: Palestinians clash with Israeli security forces during a protest in the village of Beit Dajan, in the West Bank, on December 9, 2022. (Nasser Ishtayeh/Flash90)

Israeli troops opened fire into the air during a scuffle with Palestinians during the demolition of an illegal structure near the West Bank town of Deir Ballut.

Video footage of the incident shows troops scuffling with Palestinians and shooting in the air.

A military spokesperson tells The Times of Israel that around 150 Palestinians were hurling stones at the troops who were securing the demolition, and refused calls to disperse.

One Palestinian suspect attempted to grab an officer’s gun amid the incident, the spokesperson says, and in response, the troops used riot dispersal means and live fire in the air.

The vast majority of Deir Ballut is in Area C of the West Bank, where Israel maintains full civil and security control, and as such, Palestinians require Israeli building permits.

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