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Five Palestinians arrested over deadly clashes near Burqa

Additional arrests are expected as the investigation into Friday's confrontation continues.

IDF soldiers during counter-terror activities in Judea and Samaria on Aug. 7, 2023. Credit: IDF.
IDF soldiers during counter-terror activities in Judea and Samaria on Aug. 7, 2023. Credit: IDF.

Five Palestinians were arrested on Monday for suspected involvement in a deadly confrontation over the weekend with Israelis near the Arab village of Burqa.

Judea and Samaria District Military Police and IDF forces arrested three adults and two minors, all residents of Burqa. They were detained on suspicion of aggravated assault and serious damage during the Friday incident, police said in a statement.

Further arrests are expected as the investigation continues, police said.

According to the IDF, the incident began when “Israeli civilians” herded their sheep near Burqa, residents of which exited the town to push the herd away from the area.

“There, verbal confrontations ensued which were followed by the hurling of rocks by both sides, and the firing of fireworks by Palestinians,” the army said.

“During the confrontation, Israeli civilians fired towards the Palestinians. As a result of the confrontation, a Palestinian was killed, four others were injured, and a Palestinian vehicle was found burned Several Israeli civilians were injured from rocks hurled at them,” the IDF added.

Two Jewish suspects—Elisha Yered, 22, from the Ramat Migron outpost, and Yehiel Indore, 28, from the town of Ofra—are being held on suspicion of involvement in the killing of Kosai Ma’atan, 19, from Burqa.

Elisha Yered, suspected of being involved in the death of 19-year-old Palestinian Kosai Ma’atan in the Arab village of Burqa, arrives for a hearing at the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court, August 5, 2023. Photo by Chaim Goldberg/Flash90

The Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court early Sunday ordered them to be held for an additional five days.

Indore, the primary suspect in the shooting, sustained a serious head wound at the hands of Arab attackers, for which he underwent an operation. Yered suffered an injury to his hand which required medical attention.

Israeli forces arrested 17 wanted suspects in total across Judea and Samaria on Sunday night.

In the city of Jenin, Israeli forces arrested two wanted men. During the operation, the Israeli forces came under fire, and gunfire was heard in the area.

In the village of Bayt Furik, three more wanted persons were arrested, and soldiers also located and confiscated ammunition. During the operation, troops were attacked with stones and firebombs.

In the villages of Bayt Fajar and Alhader another two suspects were arrested, and 10 were arrested in the villages of Baytt Rima, Azzun, Burqa, Al Mughayyir and Bita.

No casualties were reported to Israeli forces.

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