Israeli forces clash with Palestinian protesters in al-Khalil
On Monday, Israeli forces fired rubber bullets and stun grenades at stone-throwing Palestinians who were protesting against the fierce Israeli clampdown on the city.
The soldier, named as Sergeant Gabriel Kobi, 20, was struck on Sunday by gunfire at a checkpoint near the Cave of Patriarchs, which is known by Muslims as the Ibrahimi Mosque.
The shooting prompted a massive manhunt for the gunman, with emergency road blocks being set up and security forces fanning across the area.
Sunday’s shooting came a day after another Israeli soldier, Tomer Hazan, 20, was found dead in a shallow well in a remote spot near the West Bank city of Qalqilyah.
Israeli officials claimed a Palestinian from Beit Amin south of Qalqiliya, carried out the killing in the hope that he could trade the body in exchange for the release of his brother, jailed by Israel since 2003.
According to human rights group B’Tselem, more than 4,700 Palestinian prisoners, including about 170 administrative detainees, are currently being held in Israeli prisons.
Administrative detention is a sort of imprisonment without trial or charge that allows Israel to incarcerate Palestinians for up to six months. The detention order can be renewed for indefinite periods of time.
The West Bank has been under Israeli military occupation since 1967.
Israel has hundreds of checkpoints in the West Bank which have made life difficult for the Palestinians in the territory.
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