Israeli troops shoot two Palestinian in the West Bank

AFP , Sunday 23 Jan 2011

Israeli troops open fire on two Palestinians in the West Bank

Israeli troops opened fire on two Palestinians in the southern West Bank on Sunday, wounding both men as they drove to work, Palestinian medical sources said.

The Israeli military had no immediate comment on the incident, which Palestinian emergency service sources said occurred near the village of Dahriya, in the far southwest of the West Bank.

The two men were named as Akram al-Samamra, 31, from Dahriya, and Hossam al-Gamary, from nearby Yatta. Palestinian sources said Samamra suffered a gunshot wound in his back, while Gamary was hit in a leg.

The pair were taken to a hospital in Al Khalil.

The incident comes after Israeli troops manning a roadblock near Al Khalil shot and wounded an Israeli-Arab man on Friday.

The Israeli military said troops opened fire after the man failed to stop at two separate checkpoints.

Soldiers first fired in the air, and then opened fire on the man after he failed to stop, a military spokeswoman told AFP.

The man was evacuated to a nearby hospital in critical condition.

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