IDF soldiers at West Bank checkpoint 370.
(photo credit:REUTERS/Ammar Awad)
A 71-year-old Israeli man was shot and lightly wounded in the leg on Monday in a
drive-by shooting in the West Bank suspected of being perpetrated by a
The shooting occurred as the man stood at the hitchhiker’s
station at Kedumim Junction in the northern West Bank.
Magen David Adom
paramedics arrived on the scene and evacuated the injured man to a hospital, MDA
spokesman Zaki Heller said.
The man had hitched a ride to the area, and
had exited a car just before he was shot, Heller added.
vehicle pulled up to the man, and an occupant asked him a question.
he responded, they shot him,” Heller added.
Police and the IDF arrived on
the scene, surveyed the area and set up roadblocks to try and locate the car
containing the gunman.
On Monday evening, residents of the nearby
settlement of Shavei Shomron – where the wounded man lives – said they held a
protest at the entrance to their settlement to condemn what they said were
overly strict rules of engagement that “do not allow the IDF to mitigate rock
throwing and shootings on Judea and Samaria roads.”
Police arrested a few
of the protesters, according to Shavei Shomron residents.
head Hanane Durani said he had spoken with the IDF and asked that they increase
security forces in the area, and act with a firm hand against
The shooting comes three days after a three-year-old Israeli
girl was critically wounded in the northern West Bank, when Palestinian
rock-throwers attacked the car she was travelling in, causing it to collide with
The girl’s mother and siblings were moderately wounded in the
attack. Army special forces arrested ten Palestinian suspects in the hours after
Tovah Lazaroff contributed to this report.
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