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Palestinian said killed in clashes with IDF near West Bank outpost

PA health ministry reports Jamil Abu Ayyash was shot in the head; military says aware of reports Palestinian killed during violent protest

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

Palestinians clash with Israeli security forces during a protest in the village of Beita, near the West Bank city of Nablus, on November 12, 2021. (Nasser Ishtayeh/Flash90)
Palestinians clash with Israeli security forces during a protest in the village of Beita, near the West Bank city of Nablus, on November 12, 2021. (Nasser Ishtayeh/Flash90)

A Palestinian man in his 30s was killed by live fire during clashes with Israeli soldiers near the West Bank town of Beita, the Palestinian Authority health ministry reported Friday.

Palestinian media reports identified the man as Jamil Abu Ayyash.

According to the health ministry, Ayyash was shot in the head. Palestinians evacuated him to the Rafidia Hospital in Nablus, where he died of his wounds.

Four other Palestinians were wounded by rubber-coated bullets, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent. Another 63 Palestinians were treated for minor injuries from tear gas inhalation and falling over during the protest, the medical service said.

The Israel Defense Forces said in a statement that soldiers and Border Police officer responded to a violent protest near the Evyatar outpost. Hundreds of Palestinians took part in the clashes, including some who burned tires and threw stones at troops, according to the IDF.

The military said it was aware of reports regarding a Palestinian killed.

Beita residents have been holding regular protests near neighboring Evyatar for the past several months in protests of the illegal outpost’s establishment on what they say is private Palestinian land. Israeli authorities have not yet determined whether that is the case, but have not objected to the outpost’s illegal establishment.

The wildcat community initially consisted of several dozen Israeli families and homes, but they agreed to vacate in a July agreement with the government, which saw the outpost illegal structures remain intact and the army establish a permanent presence on the hilltop.

Meanwhile, the protests continue. More than 700 Palestinians have been injured and with Friday’s reported death, the number of Palestinians killed since the unrest erupted in May climbed to at least nine, according to the PA health ministry.

Aaron Boxerman contributed to this report.

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