Yerushalayim (Ilana Messika/TPS) – Riots erupted this morning in the Palestinian village of Silwad northeast of Ramallah in response to the shooting of a Palestinian man that remains under investigation. IDF forces worked to push the crowds away from Route 60.
The incident began when vehicles of two residents of Yehudah and Shomron came under attack by 20 masked men who threw rocks at the cars on Route 60 near Silwad. The two drivers got out of their car and one of them fired in the air in an attempt to disperse the rioters. A Palestinian man was shot in the backside and sustained moderate injuries.
The wounded man was evacuated to Mount Scopus Hospital in Yerushalayim and the drivers were taken in for questioning by Israel Police prior to being released in the afternoon.
“The two Jews who were forced to shoot claim that they acted out of self-defense and out of fear for their lives,” said attorney Itamar Ben-Gvir, who is representing the two detainees. “The two were attacked by dozens of rioters who continued to throw rocks at them even after they shot in the air.”
“The conduct of the police in suspecting them of committing a criminal offense is terrible,” continued Ben-Gvir. “The two of them deserve a citation of bravery and it is difficult to understand why they are being detained in a police station. Do the police prefer settlers in a coffin?”
Meanwhile, a 35-year-old woman was lightly wounded by rocks thrown at her vehicle on Route 60 near the al-Khader junction near Bethlechem. MDA medics treated her and then took her to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital.
In the beginning of May, dozens of residents of Yehudah and Shomron demonstrated in front of Silwad against the recent wave of terror originating in the village. The first week of May also marked the 30-day anniversary of the murder of IDF soldier Elhai Taharlev from Talmon who was killed in a car-ramming attack while guarding the entrance to Ofra.
Residents of Gush Etzion also demonstrated against the deteriorating security situation along the roads and against the dramatic increase in rock-throwing incidents and Molotov cocktail attacks.
Photos courtesy of Ehud Amiton/TPS