The IDF did not immediately confirm this claim, although several clashes took place in the West Bank on Friday.
According to the Palestinian Authority, Mohammad Munir al-Tamimi, 17, was shot in the stomach during clashes with Israeli soldiers on Friday afternoon. He was rushed to a nearby hospital in Salfit in critical condition, where he died later that night.
The IDF responded that it was aware of the information on the matter, but could not confirm that al-Tamimi had been killed by his soldiers. A spokesperson said more details of the incident would be released.
Clashes erupted at various friction points across the West Bank on Friday. In Beita, a Palestinian town near Nablus, hundreds of Palestinians gathered to demonstrate against the Israeli presence on a nearby hill known in Arabic as Jabal Sbeih, which is home to the empty illegal Evyatar outpost.
According to the IDF, hundreds of Palestinians clashed with Israeli soldiers, throwing stones. Two Israeli soldiers were slightly injured, the IDF said.
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“The troops operating at the scene used means of dispersing the riots and Ruger bullets,” an army spokesman said. These are a form of live fire whose impact, although less severe than that of ordinary bullets, can nevertheless be fatal.
According to the Palestinian Red Crescent, 21 Palestinians were shot dead by Israeli fire with live ammunition, and 68 others were wounded by rubber bullets. About 195 people suffered from tear gas inhalation.
The protests began weeks ago when Israeli nationalist settlers reestablished Evyatar on Jabal Sbeih. Hundreds of settlers have flocked to the area, regularly staging events to try to push the state to legalize land grabbing.
Palestinians say the land is privately owned by residents of Beita. Israeli authorities have not yet determined whether this is the case.
A Palestinian protester uses a slingshot to throw stones during clashes with Israeli security forces in the town of Beita, near the West Bank city of Nablus, on July 2, 2021, amid ongoing rallies in the Palestinian town in protest against the new settler outpost of Eviatar on a nearby hill (Photo by JAAFAR ASHTIYEH / AFP)
Every Friday starting in June, Palestinian protesters marched towards the outpost, throwing stones at Israeli forces and setting tires on fire. The Israeli army retaliates with rubber bullets and sometimes live fire. Four Palestinians died from Israeli fire in the clashes.
After dark, Palestinian “night confusion units” lit lasers, chanted slogans and burned tires in an attempt to anger the new inhabitants of the hill. The tactic was borrowed from a similar strategy used by Gaza-based groups along the border fence with Israel.
In an attempt to reduce tensions in the region, the Israeli government struck a deal with the settlers to evacuate the outpost. In return, the makeshift buildings they installed will remain in place, the IDF will turn the area into a makeshift base, and over the next few months the Defense Ministry will study the land to determine its status and see if it is. it can be legally transformed into a formal settlement.
The Palestinian residents of Beita, however, did not accept this arrangement and pledged to continue demonstrating until the end of the Israeli presence in Jabal Sbeih.
“It was an agreement that was made without any representative of the Beita landowners. It’s just the Israeli occupation and its settlers, ”Beita deputy mayor Mousa Hamayel said in a phone call. “As long as there is no access to land, there will always be a natural response. ”