Israeli Soldiers Shoot Two Palestinians in Separate West Bank Incidents

One was shot after cutting the security fence near Qalqilyah and failing to respond to soldiers, the other tried to evade troops and refused orders to stop, army says

Israeli soldiers shot a Palestinian on Sunday evening who, together with an associate, had cut the security fence near Qalqilyah area of the northern West Bank and burned a tire, the Israeli army said. In a separate incident, in the Jordan Valley, the Israeli reported that Israeli forces shot a Palestinian in the leg after allegedly trying to evade troops in his vehicle. 

Both were admitted to the hospital for their wounds.

In the first incident, the army reported that troops in the Qalqilyah area spotted two Palestinians cutting the security fence, crossing through the fence and burning tires. The troops followed procedure required in arresting suspects but when one of the two failed to obey soldiers' orders, they shot at him and wounded him, the army said.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society reported that four people were wounded by rubber bullets and 14 suffered after inhaling tear gas on Sunday in clashes with Israeli forces near the village of Jiyus, east of Qalqilyah.

Elsewhere in the West Bank on Sunday evening, near the village of Al-Jiftlik in the Jordan Valley, an army patrol stopped a vehicle whose driver was acting suspiciously, according to the army. When the driver was asked for documents, he reportedly said they were at home and asked to be allowed to go home to get them. The army said as he headed for home, followed by Israeli troops, he tried to evade the troops until he came to a dead end. He then reportedly got out of his vehicle and began running. After he refused orders to stop, the troops shot him in the leg, the army said.