Two Tourists, One Israeli Wounded in Stone-throwing Incident Near Major Highway

One Palestinian assailant shot dead by Israeli forces, another wounded in critical condition after allegedly throwing firebombs and stones near Route 443.

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The scene of the stone-throwing incident near Israel's Route 443.
The scene of the stone-throwing incident near Israel's Route 443, June 21, 2016.Credit: IDF Spokesperson's Unit

Two tourists and one Israeli were lightly wounded Tuesday morning after a group of Palestinians threw stones at their vehicle on Route 443, near the West Bank village of Beit Sira and the Israeli city of Modi'in.

Israeli forces at the scene shot dead one of the alleged Palestinian stone-throwers and critically wounded another. The wounded assailant has been taken to Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Karem. Two additional Palestinians suspected of involvement in the incident were arrested.

According to the IDF, the Palestinian suspects poured oil on the highway and threw stones and firebombs at passing cars. Several cars were damaged in stone-throwing incidents, but managed to continue driving to the Maccabim checkpoint where they reported the incident.

The Palestinian Authority identified the slain Palestinian as Mahmoud Rafat Mahmoud, a 15-year-old from the village of Beir Ur al-Tahta, west of Ramallah. Abdul Karim Kassem, head of the village's local council of the Palestinian village of Beit Ore-Tahta, told Reuters that the wounded Palestinians were in a car "returning from a pool in a village near us when they came under fire."

According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, four Palestinians were wounded by Israeli fire, three of them seriously. Three of the wounded Palestinians were taken to a medical center in Ramallah, while the other remains hospitalized at Ein Karem. Two of the wounded are brothers, according to sources in the village.

The scene of the stone-throwing incident near Israel's Route 443, June 21, 2016.Credit: IDF Spokesperson's Unit

Reuters contributed to this report.

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