Palestinian killed in clashes near Nablus

NABLUS, Palestinian Territories — Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian man on Friday in clashes which erupted after settlers attacked a village near Nablus, Palestinian hospital sources told AFP.

By (AFP)

Published: Fri 23 Sep 2011, 9:06 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 9:42 AM

The man, 37-year-old Issam Badran, died after being hit in the neck by a live bullet, medical officials at Rafidia hospital in the northern West Bank city said.

Another three Palestinians were lightly injured by rubber bullets in the same incident in Qusra village, some 15 kilometres (nine miles) southeast of Nablus, which has been the site of a series of clashes between residents and Jewish settlers.

The clashes erupted after a group of more than 50 settlers from the nearby outpost of Esh Kodesh entered the south side of the village and began smashing windows and throwing stones, witnesses told AFP.

The gang smashed the windows of several houses on the outskirts of the village with sticks and stones, and the villagers threw stones back.

Israeli troops arrived at the scene and fired tear gas and rubber bullets to try to separate the two sides, although the clashes between villagers and the army continued after the settlers had left, Palestinian witnesses said.

A military spokeswoman confirmed there was an episode of “mutual rock hurling” in the West Bank village after which “three hundred Palestinians started throwing stones at the force.”

“During the riot, security personnel used riot dispersal means and eventually live fire,” the army said in a statement, adding that the army was jointly investigating the incident with the Palestinian security forces.

Further south, troops used rubber bullets and tear gas to break up a demonstration of around 100 people attending a weekly protest against the route of the West Bank barrier in Nabi Saleh, some 10 kilometres (six miles) northwest of Ramallah.

An Israeli peace activist at the scene said 28 people were hurt by rubber bullets or tear gas canisters, among them a French photographer.

At the Qalandia crossing between Jerusalem and Ramallah, the Israeli army, which is on high alert for fear of mass unrest as the Palestinians seek UN membership in New York, fired tear gas towards a group of youths throwing stones.

A military spokeswoman said troops had used riot dispersal methods against “around 100 rioters.”

And in the southern West Bank, an eight-year-old Palestinian boy was seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident involving a Jewish settler near Hebron, Palestinian medics and witnesses told AFP.

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