The West Bank

An Israeli civilian was lightly wounded by shots fired towards the vehicle he was travelling in near the settlement of Einav in Samaria. The civilian was evacuated for medical treatment in hospital.
Another civilian was lightly wounded by stones thrown towards the vehicle he was travelling in near the village of Ouja in the area of Jericho. The civilian was evacuated for medical treatment in hospital.
An IDF soldier was lightly wounded by stones thrown towards an IDF force during the riots that took place today at the Fruit roadblock, near Kalkilia.
Additional shooting incidents took place today: towards an IDF force near Jenin, towards an IDF base in Shdema, towards the settlement of Vered Jericho, towards the Jewish settlement in Hebron and towards a Border Guard force near Tul Karem. IDF and Border Guard forces returned fire towards the sources of the fire in Shdema, Hebron and Tul Karem.
There were no casualties in these events and no damage was done.
Violent riots took place in several locations:
At the village of El Fuar, at the North Shama junction near Hebron, in junction 250 near Jenin and in the village of Hawara near Nablus.
There were no Israeli casualties and damage was done.
In some of these events the IDF used crowd-dispersing means.
During violent Palestinian riots at the village of Beit Omer in the area of Bethlehem, Palestinians attempted to take a weapon from an IDF soldier at the scene. The soldier tried to struggle with the Palestinian, and when he felt that his life was in danger he shot the Palestinian in self-defense.

The Gaza Strip

Two explosive charges were detonated today near an Israeli convoy on the Karni-Netzrim road. There were no casualties but damage was caused to IDF vehicles.
Shots were fired from the territory of the Palestinian Authority towards IDF soldiers at the Rafah crossing and towards convoys entering Netzrim and Morag.
A grenade was thrown towards an IDF position near Neveh Dkalim tonight. The grenade detonated but there were no casualties. In the recent hour shots were fired towards the position. IDF soldiers returned fire towards the sources of the shooting.
Several incidents of stone and molotov cocktail throwing towards IDF forces took place in the industrial area of Gush Katif as well as towards an IDF position on the Israel Egypt border south of Gush Katif.
IDF soldiers responded with crowd dispersing means and warning shots.

Investigation of the Circumstances of the Death of Sgt. First Class Avner Shalom in Gush Katif

On 11 ýNovemberý ý00, Sgt. First Class Avner Shalom was killed in an incident at the Gush Katif junction, in which two terrorists were killed by IDF fire.
The investigation of the event (conducted in the brigade, formation and Command) concluded that Sgt. First Class Avner Shalom was also hit by IDF fire.
The conclusions of the investigation were presented before the soldier’s family.

Following is the scenario of the event, as concluded from the investigation:
The event began when two Palestinian terrorists in a vehicle approached the military vehicle that Sgt. First Class Avner Shalom was driving. One of the terrorists left the vehicle and opened fire towards IDF soldiers. The gunfire lightly wounded the Sgt. commanding the force.
The commander of the force and two other soldiers that were in the vehicle stormed the terrorists as another IDF force near by covered them.
Sgt. First Class Avner Shalom, who was driving the jeep in this incident, was a combatant in an elite IDF combat unit. In accordance to the values he acquired during his combat service, he decided to storm the terrorists as well, despite the fact that the driver should remain in the vehicle. During the action Sgt. First Class Shalom was wounded by Palestinian fire and, when he crossed the IDF force’ firing line, he was hit in the back by IDF fire.

The investigation concluded that the IDF force acted with professionalism and determination, as IDF combat soldiers should.
The commander of the sector praised the soldiers for their conduct in the event.

The conclusions of the event and the lessons derived will be distributed among IDF units in order to prevent the reoccurrence of such tragic events.