Palestinian shot dead in West Bank shooting

Israeli policemen stand guard in the Palestinian refugee camp Shuafat in Jerusalem, Wednesday Dec. 2, 2015.

Israeli policemen stand guard in the Palestinian refugee camp Shuafat in Jerusalem, Wednesday Dec. 2, 2015.


An Israeli soldier and a bystander were wounded in a West Bank shooting attack on Thursday before the alleged assailant was shot dead, the army said in a statement.

It said the violence occurred at the village of Hizmeh, north of Jerusalem.

“A gunman stopped at a checkpoint near Hizmeh, exited his vehicle and shot forces at the site,” the statement said.

“The forces responded, shooting the attacker and resulting in his death.”

It did not say how badly the soldier and bystander were wounded, but Jerusalem’s Hadassah hospital said it was treating a seriously-injured man who had been shot in the upper torso in the incident.

It did not say if the man was a soldier or civilian or disclose any other details.

A wave of violence erupted on October 1 and has so far claimed the lives of more than 120 people, including 104 Palestinians and 17 Israelis.

Early on Thursday Israeli troops demolished the home of a Palestinian the army said organized the fatal attack that sparked the current unrest, the shooting of a Jewish settler couple as they drove in the northern West Bank with their young children.


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