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Shots said fired at IDF post in northern West Bank, no injuries reported

Troops stationed at Mount Gerizim just south of Nablus come under attack in fifth such incident in past week

Illustrative: IDF soldiers near the West Bank city of Nablus, on February 18, 2022. (Sraya Diamant/Flash90)
Illustrative: IDF soldiers near the West Bank city of Nablus, on February 18, 2022. (Sraya Diamant/Flash90)

Shots were fired at an Israel Defense Forces post at Mount Gerizim in the northern West Bank, according to reports Saturday night.

There were no injuries in the attack, which took place a few kilometers south of the city of Nablus.

It was the fifth shooting incident at IDF troops over the previous seven days, according to a tally by the Walla news site.

An unnamed military source told the website that at least some of the incidents were intended to injure IDF soldiers and that “there is a change on the ground.”

The attack came during an uptick in violence in the West Bank.

On Friday a 12-year-old Palestinian boy was hit in the head with a rubber-coated steel bullet fired by IDF soldiers during a protest also in the area of Nablus, between the Palestinian village of Beita and the illegal Israeli outpost of Evyatar.

Twenty-two other Palestinians were injured during Israel’s dispersal of the rioters. The majority of the injured suffered from tear gas inhalation and did not require hospitalization, the official Palestinian news agency Wafa reported.

Dozens of Palestinian protesters were filmed throwing stones at an IDF bulldozer, which was setting up a barrier preventing villagers from Beita from approaching Evyatar.

A Palestinian protester uses a slingshot to hurl rocks Israeli security forces, following a demonstration in the village of Beita in the West Bank, on February 18, 2022. (JAAFAR ASHTIYEH / AFP)

Friday’s protest near Evyatar was one of several Palestinian demonstrations that took place throughout the West Bank and East Jerusalem as Israeli security forces were on high alert at the tail end of a week of violence between Israelis and Palestinians in the flashpoint Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.

Police bolstered Sheikh Jarrah, Jerusalem’s Old City and the Damascus Gate area with additional officers and Border Police troops after Prime Minister Naftali Bennett held a Thursday assessment on the tensions, the Kan public broadcaster reported.

Since the beginning of the last week police have had an increased presence in the East Jerusalem neighborhood, parts of which were formerly a Jewish neighborhood known in Hebrew as Shimon Hatzadik, after clashes were touched off by the suspected firebombing of a home where a Jewish family lives the weekend before.

Sheikh Jarrah, a majority-Palestinian neighborhood also home to a number of Israeli Jewish families, is regularly a focus of protests due to a push by some right-wing Israelis to evict Palestinian families from homes they say were owned by Jews before 1947.

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