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Officer’s hand injured by firecracker thrown in riot

22-year-old soldier may lose part of two fingers, is evacuated to Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital for treatment

Masked Palestinian youths clash with Israeli security forces near the West Bank city of Ramallah on November 6, 2014. (photo credit: STR/Flash90)
Masked Palestinian youths clash with Israeli security forces near the West Bank city of Ramallah on November 6, 2014. (photo credit: STR/Flash90)

An IDF officer was lightly hurt near the West Bank city of Ramallah on Monday, most likely from a firecracker hurled by Palestinian rioters.

The 22-year-old soldier was evacuated to Jerusalem’s Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital, and reportedly may have lost parts of two fingers.

The IDF spokesperson told The Times of Israel that the soldier was lightly injured in a protest near Ramallah, but could not confirm the extent of the injury, or that the soldier was wounded from a firecracker.

In the same incident, which occurred in the Al-Ram village near Ramallah, 20 Palestinian protesters threw stones and firebombs at security forces.

Israeli troops responded with riot dispersal methods.

Also on Monday night, mourners attending the funeral of a Palestinian bus driver, who was found dead in what police said was a suicide, clashed with police in Abu Dis. No injuries were reported.

Yusuf Hassan al-Ramouni, 32, was found hanging from a rope inside a bus at a depot for Israeli transportation company Egged late Sunday night, sparking rumors that he was killed by Jewish extremists, and setting off riots in East Jerusalem. An autopsy on Monday evening ruled out the possibility of foul play, but the family of the victim rejected the findings.

Earlier on Monday, clashes erupted in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Abu Dis, where the bus driver was from, as scores of protesters burned tires and threw stones at police, who responded with tear gas and sponge rounds, an AFP correspondent said.

The funeral in Abu Dis later Monday was attended by thousands of people, some of whom chanted “revenge.”

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