|One Palestinian killed by Israeli forces; another dies following tear gas inhalation; dozens injured in multiple clashes with Israeli forces
Almost at midnight on 2 June, Israeli forces shot and killed a 31-year-old Palestinian man at Za’tara checkpoint in the Salfit governorate, on the main road between Nablus and the central West Bank. According to Israeli media quoting the Israeli army spokesperson, the man was shot after he opened fire at the soldiers staffing the checkpoint; according to Palestinian sources, the man, who was a local trader in the nearby Huwwara village, was waiting to receive goods, and did not fire at the soldiers. This fatality brings the total number of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces this year to 11.
Another Palestinian man, aged 64, died this week (not included in above total) two days after he was admitted to hospital on 25 May, suffering from tear gas inhalation sustained during clashes between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers in Abu Dis town (Jerusalem). According to medical sources, the man has a history of chronic lung disease.
During the week, there was a noticeable increase in the number of Palestinian injuries in clashes with Israeli forces across the West Bank. In total, 84 were injured, compared to a weekly average of 44 injuries in 2014. Most were as a result of rubber-coated metal bullets (22) or were treated after inhaling tear gas (29), fired by Israeli forces during the clashes.
Around 40 per cent of Palestinian injuries (a total of 32) were sustained on 28 May in clashes in different parts of the Old City of Jerusalem, including the Al Aqsa Mosque compound. The confrontations were mainly triggered by marches by hundreds of Israelis in the Old City, commemorating “Jerusalem Day”, which also involved attempts by Israeli groups to enter the mosque compound. Four Israeli policemen and seven Israeli civilians were injured after their bus was stoned by Palestinians while traveling on Salah Eddin Street.
A total of 31 Palestinians were also wounded in protests held in solidarity with prisoners on hunger strike. Almost half of these sustained injuries in protests in Tulkarm city (15) and the remainder in the old cities of Jerusalem and Hebron, and at the entrances of Al Fawar refugee camp and Tuqu’ village (in Hebron and Bethlehem, respectively).
Five of this week’s injuries were reported in clashes that took place in the course of search-and-arrest operations in Al Mughayyir (Ramallah), Tubas city, Deir Istiya (Salfit), ‘Anza (Jenin) and Jenin city. So far this year, 1,890 search-and-arrest operations have been conducted, resulting in 81 injuries, with the majority of these operations taking place in the northern West Bank.
In addition, four Palestinians were injured in weekly demonstrations, including two in Bil’in village against the Barrier, and against the expansion of the settlements of Hallamish in Ramallah and Qedumim in Qalqiliya. Six other Palestinians were injured during clashes that erupted between Israeli forces and residents of Beit Ummar village (Hebron), triggered after an Israeli jeep and a Palestinian car collided near the village; a 15-year-old Palestinian passenger was also injured.