At least 30 Palestinians and Israeli settlers were injured in an overnight riot that broke out in the West Bank on Thursday night.
At least three Palestinians were arrested and another 15 were detained for “disobedience” and “attempting to stir up a riot,” according to police.
“The violence erupted after a protest in the al-Tabboura settlement near Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank, on Wednesday,” the Jerusalem Post reported.
“An Israeli settler was shot dead after trying to defend himself from a Palestinian who attacked him in the settlement, witnesses said.
The Israeli forces were searching for the attacker.”
According to a report from the Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem, Palestinians threw stones at Israeli vehicles and at security forces.
The group said Israeli security forces used tear gas to disperse the crowd, while Israeli police also fired live ammunition at Palestinians.
A total of eight Palestinians were wounded in the incident, which took place in the northern city of Nablus, according to the Israeli news site Ynet.
Several Palestinians, including women and children, were detained and beaten by security forces, the report said.
According to the report, several Palestinians, who had gathered at the scene of the riot, threw stones and threw rocks at Israeli security vehicles.
The settlers fired tear gas at Palestinians, causing them to flee, the Israeli media outlet Ynet reported.
The police reported that three Palestinians and a settler were arrested.
The report said that Palestinian youths from Nablum, a village in the east of the occupied Palestinian territory, were injured and arrested.
According, the Palestinian Authority in the area has said that Palestinians are to be “treated humanely” and that there is no justification for the violence.
A video published on the Palestinian Facebook page, ‘We have come to the streets to confront the Israeli occupation and to defend the rights of the Palestinian people.’ shows Palestinian youths gathering in front of a police vehicle at the entrance to al-Aqsa Mosque, the holiest site in Islam, which is situated in the Old City of Jerusalem.
A Palestinian youth throws stones at the Israeli police, injuring several in the video.
A protester holds a Palestinian flag during a demonstration at al-Quds mosque in the center of Jerusalem, Israel, June 5, 2020.
“We are here to confront and defend the human rights of all the Palestinians, regardless of their color, religion, ethnicity, or nationalities,” said the video’s caption.
“And if you want to see the Palestinian struggle for freedom, democracy and self-determination, please go to al Quds mosque,” it said.
A statement from the PA said that “these violent acts were carried out by the settlers who are responsible for the attacks on our Palestinian brothers in the holy city.”
“The PA condemns these acts in the strongest terms and strongly condemns the attacks by Israeli settlers on Palestinian mosques and other holy places in Jerusalem and all the other holy sites in the Holy Land,” the statement said.
“Our brothers in Palestine, including the Muslims, must have full rights, dignity and respect, including freedom of religion and freedom of speech.”
The statement said the attacks “targeted the legitimate Palestinian right to worship and the rights to freedom of worship of the Muslims in Jerusalem.”
Palestinians have taken to the street in large numbers across the country in recent weeks, calling for the end of Israeli rule.
The latest protests come after Israel on Tuesday imposed a temporary lockdown on the occupied city and Jerusalem’s Old City, after a wave of deadly stabbing attacks and car and truck attacks.
Israel said that at least 50 Palestinians had been killed and more than 120 injured in the protests since Wednesday.
The violence in Jerusalem comes after months of deadly clashes between Palestinians and Israelis in the Jewish city.
Israel has claimed that the violence was instigated by Palestinian gunmen who are “seeking to establish an independent state” in the territory.
On Tuesday, Israeli police said they had arrested a suspected gunman who opened fire on a group of Israelis near the Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Homa.
According the Israeli government, Israeli forces arrested a Palestinian suspect in connection with the incident.
In July, two Palestinian men were arrested in the southern city of Jenin for “participating in riots against Israeli soldiers.”
According the PA, at least 100 Palestinians have been killed since July and thousands wounded in protests, mostly in clashes with Israeli security personnel.