Soldier injured, Palestinian killed in overnight clash north of Bethlehem

A mob of 70 to 100 Palestinians hurled rocks and firebombs at IDF soldiers who fired back "toward an instigator," source says.

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February 24, 2015 08:24
A Palestinian protester wearing a mask featuring the Palestinian flag, uses a slingshot

A Palestinian protester wearing a mask featuring the Palestinian flag, uses a slingshot to hurl stones towards Israeli troops in Bil'in. (photo credit: REUTERS)

A Palestinian youth was killed and a soldier lightly wounded overnight between Monday and Tuesday near Bethlehem.

Between 70 and 100 residents of the Dehaishe refugee camp attacked soldiers as a battalion from the Golani Brigade carried out searches.

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The Palestinians on rooftops threw concrete blocks, rocks and fire bombs down at soldiers, an army source said.

Soldiers opened fire after trying to clear the rioters, striking a central participant, an army spokesman added.

The soldier was evacuated to a nearby hospital while the Red Crescent evacuated Jihad al-Jaafari, 19, to a Palestinian hospital, where he died of his injuries.

The army is seeking to establish whether he belonged to an established terrorist organization.

The Etzion (territorial) Brigade is examining the incident.


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