Palestinian man opens fire on Israeli vehicle in Huwara, West Bank

AFP , Sunday 19 Mar 2023

A shooting attack in the northern West Bank town of Huwara on Sunday wounded two Israelis, one of them seriously, Israeli forces and rescuers said.

Israeli soldiers check the ID card of a Palestinian youth as they patrol the town of Huwara, in the occupied West Bank, following a reported shooting attack on an Israeli settler s car, on March 19, 2023. AFP


The attack came during Israeli-Palestinian talks in the Egyptian resort town of Sharm El-Sheikh seeking to restore calm after a surge in deadly violence in the occupied West Bank.

A Palestinian man opened fire on an Israeli vehicle injuring two civilians, at a junction in Huwara town, the Israeli forces reported.

Israeli forces and one of the injured civilians responded with live fire toward the shooter injuring him.

After initially fleeing the scene, Israeli forces located the shooter and apprehended him, Israeli forces added.

Tomer Fein, a rescuer from the Magen David Adom emergency response service, said: "We found two injured people, one of them in serious condition, with wounds in the upper body".

They were treated at the scene and then evacuated by ambulance, Fein said in a video released by the service.

Neither Hamas nor the Islamic Jihad group claimed the attack, but they released similarly-worded statements describing it as a "normal response to the crimes of the occupation".

 On February 26, Hawara was the scene of a pogrom by Israeli settlers. The violent attack on Huwara garnered international condemnation after hundreds of Israeli settlers set homes, cars ablaze and hurled stones at Palestinian residents.

More than 350 Palestinians were injured during the Huwara attack, most suffering from tear gas inhalation, the Palestinian Red Crescent Society said, while a Palestinian man was killed in the nearby village of Zaatara, reports said.

UN human rights chief Volker Turk warned the Human Rights Council (HRC) during a session following the incident that the "increasing violence is condemning innocent people on all sides to further tragedy," calling on both sides to adhere to a commitment to de-escalation reached following talks last week in Jordan.

"For this violence to end, the occupation must end. On all sides, there are people who know this," Turk maintained.

*This story was edited by Ahram Online

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