Arab Rioters Killed in Clashes with IDF
Two Palestinian rioters were killed in clashes with Israeli security forces, in a series of violent protests against Israel's military operation against terrorist groups in Gaza.
One rioter was killed in Hevron, which is a stronghold of support for Hamas in Judea and Samaria. The Islamist group has repeatedly called for its sympathisers in Judea and Samaria to attack Israelis in solidarity with Hamas as it battles IDF forces in Gaza.
"Nader Edriss, 22, died Saturday morning from his wounds at Hebron's Al-Mizan hospital," the medic told AFP.
Another 29-year-old man was hit by bullets and dozens of other rioters were also injured, PA medical officials added.
The Israeli army said that 300 protesters attacked the soldiers with burning tyres, incendiary devices and stones in Friday's demonstration.
"Soldiers responded by firing anti-riot weapons", including rifles, an army spokeswoman told AFP.
About 2,000 people, many of them waving the green Hamas flag, had taken to the streets in Hevron.
Another rioter, identified as a 19-year-old Arab youth, died in clashes near the Israeli town of Psagot, between Jerusalem and Ramallah, earlier Friday. The Israeli army said it was looking into the case.
Riots were also staged Friday afternoon in Shechem and Bethlehem, but no one was hurt.
Israeli warplanes on Friday pounded targets across Gaza, killing at least five Palestinians, and terrorists fired dozens of rockets into Israel after attempts to extend a three-day truce stalled when Islamists rejected a further extension.