Dozens of Palestinians clashed with Israeli soldiers at checkpoints in the West Bank on Monday, just hours after an 18-year-old was shot and killed at a violent demonstration overnight as a surge of violence continued.
The clashes on Monday came after Israeli forces shot dead the young Palestinian man, identified as Huthayfa Soliman, as he and others threw firebombs, firecrackers and rocks during clashes at a checkpoint near Tulkarm, in the northern West Bank, according to the Israeli military.
Faisal Salameh, a Palestinian medic, said Mr. Soliman was shot in the stomach and died in the hospital, and the Palestine Red Crescent Society, fearing more violence in the days to come, raised its emergency status level.
Separately, the Israeli military said it had bombed a security compound in Gaza after Palestinian militants fired a rocket that landed in an open field in southern Israel.
“Firing a rocket at people’s homes is a clear, coward and cruel act of terrorism,” Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, a spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces, said in a statement. “Whether it’s a rocket attack, a shooting, a stabbing or any other form of aggression meant to terrorize civilians, the I.D.F. will not tolerate it.”
The demonstrations and clashes in the West Bank are part of the latest wave of violence, which began on Thursday when Palestinian gunmen killed a Jewish couple near a settlement in the occupied West Bank, leaving their young children orphans.
Two days later, a Palestinian teenager fatally stabbed two ultra-Orthodox Jewish men in the Old City of Jerusalem. The attacker, a 19-year-old identified as Muhanad Halabi, was shot dead.
Hours later, a Palestinian man from a Jerusalem neighborhood stabbed and wounded a 15-year-old Jewish boy. The man, identified as Fadi Alon, 21, was shot and killed by the police.
The Palestine Red Crescent Society raised its level of emergency, putting all its staff members and volunteers on standby.
“We raised the level because we think it is going to get worse in the next few days,” said Erab Fouqaha, a spokeswoman for the Palestine Red Crescent Society.
The organization raised its emergency level to three on Sunday afternoon, not its highest level but one not seen since the violence last summer that ultimately set off the devastating war in Gaza, Ms. Fouqaha said.
SOURCE: DIAA HADID
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