An Italian man marching in support of Palestinians in the northern West Bank on Friday was shot and seriously wounded by Israeli forces, a Palestinian hospital official said.
According to initial Israeli reports, the Israeli army said it fired rubber-coated bullets at masked men who were throwing stones during a demonstration by Palestinians and supporters.
Ramallah Hospital director Ahmad Bitawi said 30-year-old Patrick Corsi was shot during a protest Friday in the village of Kufr Qadom, near Nablus. He described Corsi’s condition as stable.
Village resident Khaldon Ishtawi claimed that the Israeli soldiers opened fire without provocation on about 400 protesters from a distance of about 40 meters (130 feet) and shot Corsi in the chest.
The army said it was investigating the incident.
In other violence Friday, Israeli security forces fired tear gas at several dozen rock-throwing demonstrators at the Qalandiya checkpoint north of Jerusalem following weekly prayers. There were no immediate reports of injuries or arrests.