2 Israeli Soldiers Lightly Wounded in West Bank Shooting Attack; Assailant Flees

Meanwhile, Gaza rockets fired toward southern Israel.

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An archive photo of the security forces at a gas station on Route 443 after a stabbing attack, August 9, 2015.
An archive photo of the security forces at a gas station on Route 443 after a stabbing attack, August 9, 2015.Credit: Gil Cohen-Magen

Two Israeli soldiers were lightly wounded in a shooting attack at a West Bank checkpoint on Friday evening. Meanwhile, four rockets were fired from Gaza toward southern Israel.

Around 10 P.M., two soldiers approached a suspicious vehicle that arrived at the Bel checkpoint on Route 443, near the Beit Horon settlement. At that point the gunman opened fire toward them before fleeing the scene.

Magen Adom paramedics treated the soldiers, one of whom is with Home Front Command while the other is with the military police, before taking them to a Jerusalem hospital.

Around the same time, four rockets fired from the Gaza Strip hit open areas in south Israel. No casualties were reported. The Color Red rocket alert sounded in communities near the border with Gaza.

Israel responded to the rocket fire by attacking four Hamas targets in the northern Gaza Strip from the air. A 10-year-old boy was killed in the airstrikes, according to medics, security officials and eyewitnesses.

The Gaza Health Ministry said in an emailed press statement that the boy, Yasin Abu Khousa, was killed and his sister was critically wounded in one of the Israeli airstrikes on a militant training post in northern Gaza Strip.

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