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Two Israelis were lightly wounded when Palestinians opened fire on them
as they were driving near Ramallah on Friday evening.
shooting attack occurred near the area where settlers
allegedly shot dead a 16-year-old Palestinian youth on Thursday night
after some Palestinian youths hurled stones at their car. Palestinian
sources suggested Friday's shooting incident may have been prompted by the killing of
the teenager, as well as high tension in the area.
IDF and police forces were searching for the Palestinian shooters Friday night.
Authority officials contacted the Palestinian Authority and called on
them to calm down the area, clarifying that "Israel takes a severe view
of the incident," Israel Radio reported.
A faction of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the armed wing of Fatah, claimed responsibility for the shooting attack on Saturday. Members of the faction said the attack was in response to the death of the Palestinian teen.
The IDF on Friday confirmed that
the Palestinian teen's body had been found. They added, however, that the cause of death
remained unclear at this point.
A joint Israeli-Palestinian task
force was set up to investigate the circumstances of the boy's death.
heightened tension may also relate to the fact of Palestinians were
commemorating “Nakba” (Catastrophe) Day – the establishment of the state
of Israel - on Friday.
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