Israeli Soldiers Shoot and Injure Palestinian Who Fired at Them in West Bank

Israeli army says the suspect fired at forces in the northern West Bank and that troops are searching after a different man who may have been involved in the incident

File photo: Israeli soldiers take aim at Palestinian protesters following a weekly demonstration near Nablus in the West Bank, April 19, 2019.
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A Palestinian assailant fired toward Israeli soldiers near the Palestinian town of Arraba in the northern West Bank, the Israeli army said Monday afternoon. 

According to the army, soldiers responded by firing at the man, who was injured as a result. Medical responders who arrived at the scene said that the man is in moderate condition, and has been evacuated to a hospital to receive further medical care. 

The Israel Defense Forces also noted in a statement that a second suspect was also involved in the incident, which took place while the soldiers where safeguarding a civilian bus that had travelled in the area. He turned himself in a few hours after the incident.

Ten days ago, Israeli security forces shot and wounded a Palestinian man who attempted to carry out a stabbing attack in the West Bank. 

The man, a 20-year-old resident of Saniriya, approached a Border Police outpost at the Tapuah Junction and "behaved suspiciously," according to the Israel Police spokesperson.

According to the statement, policemen began pursuing the suspect on foot. Another policeman driving nearby spotted the chase and blocked the suspect with his car.

The suspect then pulled out a knife and tried opening the car door in an attempt to stab the policeman inside, who then shot and wounded him, said the statement.

It was initially reported the suspect had died at the scene. However, he was evacuated in critical condition by the Israeli army for medical attention.

Earlier this month, a Palestinian man was killed after he allegedly tried to carry out a stabbing attack at the Hawara checkpoint near the West Bank city of Nablus. Another Palestinian man was moderately wounded and taken to hospital, the Palestinian Health Ministry said at the time.