First Published: 2017-05-19

Israel arrests 2 after deadly West Bank clash
Israeli occupation forces arrest Palestinians for allegedly provoking Jewish settler and making him shoot, kill Palestinians.
Middle East Online

Palestinian man inspects the damage after Jewish extremists torched a tractor in the village of Burin

TEL AVIV - Israeli occupation forces arrested two Palestinians overnight for involvement in a clash that led to an Israeli settler shooting dead a Palestinian in the illegally occupied West Bank, officials said on Friday.

The settler opened fire after his car was surrounded and stoned by Palestinian protesters when he attempted to drive through their demonstration near an apartheid checkpoint in the northern West Bank on Thursday.

Muataz Bani Shemsay, 23, was killed after being shot in the head by the settler, and an Associated Press news agency photographer wounded before occupation forces arrived and dispersed the Palestinians.

Police said the settler was let go on Thursday after giving a statement and was not being investigated as a murder suspect.

"The mob almost lynched me, I looked death in the eyes," the settler said in a video recording distributed to the media.

Israeli occupation soldiers arrested Yussef Derieh, an ambulance driver from the village of Aqraba, near the main northern West Bank city of Nablus, who veered his vehicle to the opposite lane and blocked the settler's car.

They also detained a second Palestinian and seized the ambulance and a bus used to transport some of the protesters, military officials said.

Hundreds of Palestinians had gathered at the Huwara checkpoint, south of Nablus and the site of repeated clashes between Israeli occupation soldiers and Palestinian stone-throwers.

The protest was held in support of hundreds of Palestinians in Israeli jails on hunger strike since April 17.

Police said they were also investigating an arson attack in another nearby Palestinian village that appeared to have been carried out by Jewish settlers.

A tractor was torched, and a Star of David and the word "revenge" spray-painted on a nearby wall, in Burin, also south of occupied Nablus.

Palestinian official Ghassan Daghlas said that surveillance camera footage showed the perpetrators were Jewish settlers.

 

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