An IDF soldier was lightly injured Tuesday during clashes between the army and dozens of Palestinian protesters on a main road near the West Bank city of Ramallah, as violent riots raged across the region for a fourth consecutive day.
According to the Ynet news site, at least 50 Palestinian demonstrators hurled stones at an IDF unit, whose members responded with riot dispersal means.
In a separate incident Tuesday evening, a stun grenade thrown from a rooftop in downtown Jerusalem exploded in Zion Square, sending bystanders in the popular pedestrian shopping area scurrying, the Walla news site reported. No injuries or damage were reported in the incident, and police were searching the area for the perpetrator of the attack.
An Israeli man also suffered minor injuries when his car was struck by a rock near the Galilean town of Turan.
Israel’s security cabinet convened Tuesday evening in Jerusalem to discuss the deteriorating security situation as beefed up police and security forces were dispatched to major cities and across the West Bank in a bid to restore quiet after several days of unrest and a wave of violent attacks. There were no immediate reports of details from the meeting.
According to Channel 2 news, the IDF assigned 2,000 additional fighters to secure Jewish settlements in the West Bank. IDF soldiers were reportedly stationed every few hundred meters along Route 60, the major north-south artery running through the West Bank.
On Tuesday afternoon, one Palestinian was killed and another was seriously injured by Israeli fire as riots broke out near Hebron. The army shot and killed Imad Jawabreh, 22, near the Palestinian refugee camp of al-Arroub north of Hebron. The army said soldiers opened fire at Jawabreh when he “aimed at them with an improvised weapon.”
The incident took place on a main road from Jerusalem to Hebron as some 200 Palestinians clashed with troops, the army said.
Jawabreh was taken to the hospital in critical condition but died from bullet wounds to his chest, medics said following.
Another protester was also injured in the clashes, according to the Palestinian Ma’an News Agency.
In separate clashes south of Hebron, near the village of Dura and the Israeli settlement of Negohot, a Palestinian man was shot by Israeli forces and evacuated to a hospital in serious condition.
The clashes erupted when about 150 Palestinian demonstrators began throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails at Israeli soldiers and vehicles.
The soldiers’ attempts to disperse the crowd using tear gas and rubber bullets failed, prompting the troops to open fire.
The IDF said it opened fire on the demonstrators after earlier attempts to disperse the crowd using tear gas and rubber bullets had failed.
Tuesday morning also saw a number of anti-Arab attacks, likely as revenge for two fatal stabbing attacks on Jews a day earlier. The stabbings came after three days of violent protests that rocked a number of Arab Israeli towns in the wake of a police officer who shot and killed a 22-year-old man in Kafr Kanna on Saturday.
The Palestinian Ma’an News Agency reported that dozens of cars in the West Bank town of Hawara had their windows smashed Tuesday during a settler rally.
Earlier Tuesday, police launched an investigation into a suspected “price tag” attack in an Arab neighborhood of East Jerusalem, Beit Safafa, hours after an Arab cab driver was attacked by Jewish extremists in Jerusalem in the wake of two terror attacks a day earlier.
AP and AFP contributed to this report