Esh Kodesh clashes 370.
(photo credit: Tazpit News Agency)
Judea and Samaria police on Tuesday released five men from the West Bank outpost
of Eish Kodesh who had been detained earlier in the day in connection with an
outbreak of violence with residents of the neighboring Palestinian village of
According to their attorney, Yehuda Shoshan, the men were cleared
of any wrongdoing in connection to the events of February 23, when two
Palestinians were wounded by live-fire and a third was hit by a rubber
Shoshan said the incident began when some 200 people from Kusra
infiltrated the outpost’s vineyards and threw stones at the settlers. He added
that Border Police and Eish Kodesh’s security team responded in an attempt to
disperse them, shooting in the air.
Palestinians say they were responding
to a settler attack on their village.
The attorney said police were now
investigating the possibility that the two Palestinians wounded by live fire had
been shot by Border Police. Investigators said they were conducting a forensic
examination of the firearms.
The five men who were detained are in their
One is a soldier, serving in the IDF’s rabbinical branch,
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Their detention and interrogation followed an undercover
operation by the district’s YAMAR investigative branch. YAMAR detectives and
YASSAM special patrol officers went to the outpost to pick up the men and
confiscate their weapons.
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