|Five Palestinians were killed in the West Bank on Friday in shootings involving both Israeli forces and a civilian who appeared to be a Jewish settler, Palestinian medics and witnesses said.
Three Palestinians were killed during clashes between Israeli forces shooting live bullets and protesters throwing stones near the flashpoint city of Hebron.
In a separate incident near another protest against the ongoing conflict in Gaza, witnesses said a person in a car believed to be a settler shot dead one man and wounded three others near the city of Nablus.
The victims were walking along a main street used by both Palestinians and settlers.
Clashes between Israeli border police and Palestinian youths throwing firebombs and fireworks escalated. A Reuters photographer witnessed the forces shoot and kill another man.
Israeli forces also shot and wounded two protesters and a local journalist approaching a military checkpoint near a settlement beside the West Bank city of Ramallah.
The Israeli police said it was investigating the violence.
Jerusalem Police had between 3,000-4,000 officers deployed in the city Friday after violence broke out Thursday night near the Kalandia checkpoint, located in the West Bank between Jerusalem and Ramallah. Residents of the West Bank village clashed with police in protests against the IDF’s operation in the Gaza Strip.
Some 10,000 Palestinians protested near the checkpoint, throwing rocks, firebombs and fireworks at Israeli security forces, and setting tires ablaze. The IDF forces and Border Police were using crowd dispersal means on the masses.
Hospital officials in Ramallah earlier said three protesters had been killed, but revised that to one killed and three others in critical condition and on life support. Some 200 protesters were injured, a hospital doctor said. Thirteen Israeli police officers were lightly injured.
The IDF Spokesperson’s Office did not immediately confirm the Palestinian casualties. The military was checking reports of live fire targeting Israeli forces at the checkpoint.
Video by Seth J. Frantzman
Ben Hartman and Daniel K. Eisenbud contributed to this report.
If this continues look for a third intifada. Which would only be a good thing if it brings an end to the stupid so called peace process.