On Wednesday, May 13, a Palestinian was reportedly killed and four others wounded following clashes with Israeli soldiers in the Al-Fawwar refugee camp, south of Hebron (West Bank). The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) reported that stones, Molotov cocktails, and explosives were thrown at soldiers, who responded with live ammunition and crowd control measures to disperse the protestors. Israeli security forces were searching for three men implicated in the death of a soldier in Ya'bad on Tuesday, May 12, when they were confronted by the crowd.
Palestinian media reported further disturbances near Ya'bad on Tuesday night (local time), with shots fired at a nearby IDF post and soldiers blocking entry into the town. Related protests also took place in the Palestinian city of Qualqilya.
The visit of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on May 13 may exacerbate tensions, and further clashes are likely to take place throughout the West Bank as IDF operations continue. A heightened security presence is to be expected in the area.
Individuals in the area are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid the area of the incident, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.
Some Western government advise their citizens against all travel to the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and areas near the Israeli-Lebanese, Israeli-Syrian, and Israeli-Egyptian borders.
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