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Palestinian shot by Israeli settler after stone-throwing in West Bank, army says

A Palestinian man prunes vines in the West Bank village of Beit Omar, with the Israeli settlement of Karmei Tzour seen in the background, on February 26, 2017
Shooting on West Bank's main highway leaves Palestinian moderately wounded

An Israeli settler shot and wounded a Palestinian early Wednesday morning on the main highway in the West Bank, army radio reported. 

The Palestinian suffered moderate injuries and was evacuated to a local hospital.

The police detained the Israeli shooter and a friend who was with him. They claimed to have acted in self-defense.

The shooting occurred on Route 60 near the village of Silwad, which is 12 kilometers northeast of the Palestinian administrative capital of Ramallah.

Prior to the shooting, some twenty Palestinian youth threw rocks at Israeli vehicles passing on Route 60, the Israeli Defense Forces said.

One of the Israeli drivers began to pursue the alleged stone-throwers, chasing them and shooting one of the Palestinians.

Only Israeli settlers can drive on Route 60, as Palestinians are barred for security reasons.

The settler is being represented by lawyer and far-right activist Itamar Ben Gvir.

In a separate incident on Tuesday night, an Israeli woman was wounded on Route 60 from stone-throwing, Haaretz reported. She was evacuated to a Jerusalem hospital after her car was struck by rocks near Bethlehem.


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