One Israeli soldier and two Palestinians have been injured in clashes in the Jordan Valley during a march condemning the Israeli government’s demolition of a Palestinian hamlet in the area.
Israel demolished Khirbet Humsa earlier this month, rendering 73 residents homeless. Israeli authorities say the small hamlet was built illegally in a military firing zone, an opinion upheld by the High Court.
The clashes take place close by the Tayaseer checkpoint near the Palestinian city of Tubas northeast of Nablus.
One Israeli reserve officer was lightly wounded in the head by a stone thrown by Palestinians, the IDF says.
The Palestinian official WAFA news agency says that six demonstrators were struck by tear gas canisters fired into the crowd by troops. Two people were taken to a hospital with light wounds after being struck in the abdomen and the head.
Fatah deputy Mahmoud al-Aloul called for the march yesterday, telling Voice of Palestine Radio: “We will reach the areas which the occupation has threatened. We will reach Khirbet Humsa, which the occupation destroyed. We will make clear that our Palestinian nation is ready to resist against every plot and attempt to expel us.”
— Aaron Boxerman