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.

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)


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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.

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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