Two shot by settlers near Hebron: Palestinians

HEBRON, Palestinian Territories -Two Palestinians were shot and wounded, one of them critically, in an altercation with settlers near the southern West Bank town of Hebron, Palestinian medics said on Friday.

By (AFP)

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Published: Fri 28 Jan 2011, 3:52 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 9:06 AM

Israeli police confirmed an incident involving Palestinians and a group of Israelis near the village of Beit Umar, north of Hebron.

“Near the village of Beit Umar, we received a report of an incident that took place there between a group of Palestinians and Israelis,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP.

“Apparently shots were fired as a result of the incident. One Palestinian teenager has been taken to the hospital in serious condition and the situation is continuing to be investigated.”

Palestinian medical sources named those wounded in the incident as relatives 17-year-old Yusef Ikhlil and 19-year-old Murad Ikhlil.

Yusef Ikhlil was on life support after being shot in the head, sources at Al-Ahly hospital in Hebron told AFP. Murad Ikhlil was admitted to the same hospital with a gunshot wound to an arm.

Police and the Israeli military confirmed that they had deployed large numbers of forces to the scene.

On Thursday, a Palestinian man was shot dead by a settler near the northern West Bank city of Nablus. Hospital officials identified him as Uday Maher Qadous, 18, from the village of Iraq Burin, southwest of Nablus.

His cousin, who was with him at the time of the shooting, said a group of four settlers on a nearby hilltop opened fire on them, hitting Qadous in the chest.

Israeli police said they were investigating the incident and that Qadous was shot after Palestinians began throwing stones at nearby settlers.

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