Yeshiva student arrested after Arab provocation near Oz Tzion released

Sunday, March 25, 17:25 Honenu reports that the yeshiva student arrested on suspicion of opening fire on Arab rioters near the Oz Tzion outpost has been released. The arrestee was released by the police after being interrogated yesterday and remaining one night in remand. Yesterday during the late morning hours four Arabs from the Burqa village approached the nearby Oz Tzion outpost. As they were approaching 30-40 Arabs waited in several vehicles at the outskirts of the village armed with clubs. The Arabs attempted to cause a clash with the residents of the outpost and one of them who had already come close to the outpost called out to the other Arabs who were waiting. The Arabs began to drive up to the outpost and then exited their vehicles and advanced towards the outpost on foot while throwing rocks. The residents of the outpost threw rocks back at their assailants in order to prevent their advancement. During the skirmish the army arrived, dispersed the rioting Arabs and then chased them to their village. At this time no arrests among the rioting Arabs have been reported. The Arabs claimed that one of the rioters was injured by gunfire from one of the residents. In response after Shabbat the police arrested a 19 year old yeshiva student who had spent Shabbat at the outpost whom they claim had opened fire. The student was taken to the Central Unit of the Yehuda and Shomron Police for interrogation. According to the Arabs the injured man was not injured by a direct hit rather by shrapnel and he was not evacuated to hospital for medical treatment. In a conversation with Honenu attorney Adi Kedar the arrestee reported that he was not on the scene at the time of the clash and that he does not possess any firearms. Today the arrestee was unconditionally released.

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