IDF soldiers at West Bank checkpoint 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Ammar Awad)
The army identified a group of Palestinians attempting to cross through a break
in the security barrier on Tuesday near the Oranit checkpoint, southeast of
Kalkilya, so they could enter an area of central Israel within the pre-1967
Soldiers called out for the suspects to stop, but they ignored the
calls. Soldiers then opened fire, hitting one of the suspects.
wounded Palestinian was evacuated to an Israeli hospital.
head Shlomi Langer told The Jerusalem Post
that he had long been complaining to
security forces about Palestinians illegally coming through the barrier through
These Palestinians, he said, were often looking to work
illegally in Israel and presented a security risk.
Besides that, he
added, they created a road safety issue in that area.
He said that only
recently had the IDF responded to his complaints by placing extra soldiers in
that area. Tuesday’s incident was the result of the enforced security, he
According to statistics compiled by the United Nations, only 62
percent of the security barrier has been completed, and work is under way on
another 10% of the route, leaving breaks in the barrier that enable Palestinians