Hikers near Hirbat Safa say Palestinians open fire at them

January 28, 2011 11:18

A group of Israelis hiking near the village of Hirbat Safa and Beit Ummar in Gush Etzion on Friday said they encountered a group of Palestinians who opened fire at them.

According to one report, the hikers responded by returning fire at the source of the gunfire.

As a result of the incident, Palestinian sources reported about 150 Bat Ayin residents arrived at the village of Hirbat Safa where clashes erupted and two Palestinians were injured, one in critical condition.

No hikers were reported injured.

IDF and police forces arrived to the scene and began investigating the incident. The IDF said that the hike was not coordinated in advance with the military. The group of hikers was investigated and questioned by authorities.

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