Israeli police detained five Palestinians, including two minors, on suspicion of involvement in the altercation that occurred Friday night near the village of Burqa, east of Ramallah, and resulted in one Palestinian death and one Israeli shepherd receiving serious injuries three days prior.
According to a Ynet report, the Palestinians are suspected of serious assault and other crimes, and police believe further arrests are anticipated.
Immediately following the event, two Israelis were detained on suspicion of being connected to the death of the 19-year-old Palestinian Qusai Mata’an, among them Yechiel Indor, the Israeli who was hit in the head by a stone and is still in the hospital.
Elisha Yered, a former staffer in the Israeli parliament, is the other Israeli being detained.
A shepherd named Indor, who is accused of shooting and killing Mata’an, is said to have come with his herd from the outpost of Oz Zion to an open area near Burqa on Friday night at 7:00 PM, according to an IDF investigation.
After being hit in the head by a stone, Yered and other implicated settlers claim that Indor acted in self-defense and “used his personal weapon in his final strength.
They claim that “dozens of rioters attacked the settlers, who sought help from security authorities and citizen forces, armed with rods, firecrackers, and stones.
At close range, the rioters hurled stones and exploded firecrackers at the settlers. One of the settlers was critically hurt when a stone was thrown at him from a close distance and struck him in the head. He used all of his remaining might to protect himself by employing his licensed personal weapon.
After settlers failed to report the event, the IDF and police came to the area some two hours later.
The IDF claims that the incident on Friday occurred on privately owned Palestinian land, roughly a mile as the crow flies from the homes in the outpost and a few hundred feet from the first row of houses in the Palestinian village.
Several coalition MKs supported Indor, and National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir argued on Sunday that Indor had to be given a citation for his activities. “I have a clear policy. Ben-Gvir argued on Twitter that anyone who protects oneself against stone-throwing ought to be given a citation.
Ronen Bar, the chief of the Shin Bet, warned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Israeli Jewish terror “fans the flames” of Palestinian terror. Other senior officials were more critical of the incident.