Palestinian shot, injured after hurling firebomb at IDF in West Bank riot

Army spokesperson says as far the IDF knows the Palestinian sustained light injuries.

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September 15, 2015 15:40
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Palestinians hurl stones during clashes with Israeli police in east Jerusalem's Wadi al-Joz neighbourhood [File]. (photo credit: REUTERS)

A Palestinian hurling a firebomb was shot in the legs and lightly injured during a clash with the IDF near the West Bank city of Tulkarm on Tuesday afternoon.

An army spokeswoman said that the clash began when rioters hurled rocks and firebombs at soldiers. The IDF initially responded by using non-lethal riot dispersal means. During the course of the clash, the spokeswoman said, a "central instigator threw a firebomb. Soldiers fired at his legs and struck him. As far as we know, he was lightly injured."

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The injured man was evacuated to a Palestinian hospital for medical treatment.

Earlier on Tuesday, soldiers patrolling the border Gaza Strip heard gunshots fired in their direction from the Gazan side of the border. The IDF unit responded by firing back, and a suspected attacker was hit in the return fire, according to the army.

The incident follows rioting that broke out on the Temple Mount for the third straight day Tuesday after police came to secure the area for Jewish visitors for the second day of Rosh Hashana.

When Israeli security forces entered the plaza of the site dozens of  face-covered Palestinian youth met them with a barrage of stones, blocks, and firecrackers, police said. 

The youth tried to block off the door to al-Aksa Mosque but the security forces managed to push them inside the building, Israel Radio reported.

The police said it had secured the site to receive visitors after an unspecified number of suspects were arrested and five police officers were lightly injured and were treated at the scene. 

Twenty-six Palestinians were injured on Tuesday, none of them seriously, the Director of the Palestinian Red Crescent emergency unit, Amin Abu Ghazaleh, said.

The rioting over the last days garnered expressions of concern from both the United States and Jordan.

JPost.com staff contributed to this report


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