Palestinian father, toddler likely hit by errant Israeli gunfire - IDF

IDF says Palestinian civilians injured following shooting at settlement • Soldier injured in separate incident in northern Samaria

 IDF soldiers operate in Nablus, May 14, 2023 (photo credit: IDF SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT)
IDF soldiers operate in Nablus, May 14, 2023

Two Palestinians were shot during a shooting attack at a military post near the West Bank settlement of Neveh Tzuf on Thursday night, according to an IDF statement.

One of the victims was a toddler who is in critical condition. The other victim shot is a 40-year-old man.

A preliminary probe into the incident shows the Palestinians were likely hit by IDF gunfire aimed at two other Palestinians who opened fire toward the West Bank settlement, the Israeli military said, stressing its intent to avoid civilian casualties as much as possible.

An MDA helicopter was launched to the scene, and personnel are providing medical treatment to the wounded. The Red Crescent evacuated the father in serious condition to a hospital in Ramallah, Israeli media said.

The toddler was taken to Sheba Medical Center for treatment.

Footage of armed Palestinians shooting at the Israeli settlement of Neveh Tzuf on June 1, 2023 (IDF SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT)

The IDF released late on Thursday night footage showing two armed Palestinians open fire at the settlement.

IDF soldier injured in northern Samaria clash

An IDF soldier was lightly injured in a shooting attack in northern Samaria in the West Bank on Thursday night, the IDF confirmed.

In the early hours of Friday morning, IDF security forces operating in Nablus came under fire in the village of Dir Sharaf in the West Bank, according to the IDF Spokesperson's Unit.

The soldier was lightly injured and taken to a hospital for further treatment. 

The Israeli military arrested a Palestinian suspected of involvement in a shooting toward Israeli forces near Kiryat Arba earlier this week, in an overnight raid of the West Bank village of Bani Naim alongside Shin Bet and Border Police forces.

Another Palestinian suspected of connection to terrorist activities was detained in Burka, near Ramallah, overnight.