Man killed in clash with IDF near Evyatar - Israeli media

The IDF said that hundreds of Palestinians had gathered in the area, south of the Palestinian city of Nablus.

 PALESTINIANS CONFRONT security forces during a protest against the Evyatar outpost near Nablus earlier this year (photo credit: NASSER ISHTAYEH/FLASH90)
PALESTINIANS CONFRONT security forces during a protest against the Evyatar outpost near Nablus earlier this year
(photo credit: NASSER ISHTAYEH/FLASH90)

One Palestinian was killed and others were injured in clashes with the IDF on Friday during a protest against Israeli settlements in the West Bank, the Palestinian health ministry and medics said.

The IDF said that hundreds of Palestinians had gathered in the area, south of the Palestinian city of Nablus, burning tires and throwing rockets towards troops at the scene.

The troops "responded with riot dispersal means to restore order. We are aware of reports that a Palestinian was killed," the military said in a statement.

The Palestinian killed was shot in the head, and died soon after being rushed to hospital, the Palestinian health ministry said in a statement. Four other Palestinians were injured by Israeli fire, and over 50 others suffered from tear gas inhalation, medics said.

Palestinians have staged weekly protests in the village of Beita, south of Nablus, to voice anger at the nearby Israeli Evyatar outpost, often leading to violent clashes with the IDF

View of the Illegal Evyatar outpost, in northern West Bank, on June 16, 2021.  (credit: SRAYA DIAMANT/FLASH90)View of the Illegal Evyatar outpost, in northern West Bank, on June 16, 2021. (credit: SRAYA DIAMANT/FLASH90)

The settlers agreed to leave the outpost in July under an agreement with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, following weeks of demonstrations by Palestinians lighting fires that often engulfed the outpost in smoke.

But many of the outpost's buildings have remained, locked and under military guard. Palestinians, who claim the land the outpost is on, have vowed to continue their demonstrations.

Most countries deem the settlements illegal. Israel disputes this, citing biblical and political connections to the land, as well as its security needs.