Although IDF soldiers are now allowed to neutralize terrorists throwing fire-bombs (Molotov cocktails) with live fire, an IDF spokesperson said the two incidents, on Friday & Saturday that left 2 protestors shot dead, will have the IDF investigating the shootings.
By JERUSALEM POST STAFF, REUTERS
RAMALLAH – On Saturday, Amir Shehada, 19, died in a clash with security forces near the Yitzhar settlement, south of Nablus, the PA Health Ministry said.
Shehada was shot in the chest, according to ministry.
The IDF said that Palestinians had approached Yitzhar from the nearby village of Urif and that a riot broke out between them and the settlers as the IDF arrived at the scene and used riot dispersal means and fired live rounds.
Avraham Binyamin, a Yitzhar spokesman, said the violence began when two Palestinians approached the community with a “burning object.”
On Friday, Israeli soldiers shot dead 24-year-old Muhammed al-Jaabari during clashes in the West Bank, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.
An Israeli military spokesman said Jabaari had been about to throw a fire-bomb at the troops, who were responding to an immediate threat when they shot him. He added that the incident in the city of Hebron would be reviewed.
US-led peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians broke down in 2014 and a new push by President Donald Trump’s administration to restart negotiations has shown little progress so far.
Tensions between the sides have risen since Trump declared on December 6 that he recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Outraged Palestinian leaders said Washington could no longer take the lead in peace efforts but Israel has said the United States should remain peace-broker.
Trump’s announcement and the planned move in May of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem – home to sites holy to Muslims, Jews and Christians – reversed decades of U.S. policy on the city. Its status is one of the biggest obstacles to reaching a peace agreement.
The Palestinians want east Jerusalem as the capital of a future state. Israel says the entire city is indivisible, and eternal capital.
Adam Rasgon and Tovah Lazaroff contributed to this report.
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