Palestinian youth killed in clashes with IDF troops near Nablus

A Palestinian youth was killed and over a dozens more injured by Israeli fire during violent clashes near Nablus in the West Bank on early Wednesday morning.”Some 500 Palestinians took part in a violent disturbance of the peace near the village of Beta,” the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said in a statement. “The rioters hurled stones at IDF soldiers and burned tires,” the army added it is investigating the report saying a Palestinian was killed and several other were wounded in the incident.  The 15 year-old teenager,identified by the Palestinian Health Ministry as Mohammad Hamayel, died in hospital after he was hit in the head with live ammunition shot by IDF troops near a fortress at an archealogical site near the town of Beita.The WAFA Palestinian News Agency quoted the spokesman for the Health Ministry, Tarif Ashour, as confirming that another 17 Palestinians were brought to the Rafidia Government Hospital treated for medical treatment after being injured in the clashes, including two in serious condition.According to a report in Haaretz, the clashes broke out around 5.30 ahead when IDF troops came to remove a group of Palestinian protesters ahead of a tour by Israeli settlers to the fortress which reportedly dates back to the Hasmonean era.Meanwhile on Wednesday night a 14 year-old Israeli teenager from the settlement of Yitzhar was seriously wounded after he was hit in the head by a stone thrown towards the car he was riding in by Palestinians south of Nablus.Channel 12 reported that the youth, who was part of a drunk group of individuals who reached a checkpoint after going to a Purim party, started to provoke Palestinians who were in a near-by vehicle. The youth was struck in the head following a verbal and physical confrontation between the two groups and rushed to Schneider Medical Center in Petach Tikva by Magen David Adom rescue services.”My grandson’s name is Tzadok Aryeh Ben Ayelet. He is on respiratory surgery will be at noon,” the teenager’s grandfather told The Jerusalem Post.”My 14-year-old grandson was injured last night by rocks thrown at the car in Huwara. He is in critical condition in hospital awaiting surgery,” he added.Samaria Regional Council Chairman Yossi Dagan said the stone throwing was “an attempted antisemitic murder and a nationalistic event in every sense” and called on authorities to “capture the terrorists” responsible.Attorney Haim Blecher of the Honenu legal aid organization said “This is a serious terrorist incident of stone throwing towards someone’s head in very short range. We are confident that the IDF will arrest the terrorist.”Also referring to the attack as “an attempted murder,” Blecher demanded that all those involved in the attack be arrested and prosecuted.

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