IDF returns fire at Palestinian vehicle, injuring two

Explosive device thrown from car at troops near Beit Ummar, south of Jerusalem; Palestinian teen seriously wounded

IDF soldiers near Hebron fired on a Palestinian car late Monday night, injuring two, after an explosive device was reportedly thrown from the vehicle.

No IDF personnel were injured in the incident near the Etzion settlement bloc south of Jerusalem, Israel Radio reported.

Palestinian media reported that two teens were injured in the incident. Mohammed Ibrahim Sabri Awad, 17, suffered a serious head injury, and Ayesh Khalid Sabri Awad, 19, had unspecified injuries to the leg, the Palestinian Ma’an news agency reported. Both were taken to Hebron’s Al-Ahli Hospital for treatment.

Damage was also dealt to the vehicle.

Tuesday’s incident came hours after a Palestinian teen seen hurling rocks at Israeli cars in the West Bank was killed by IDF gunfire.

The assailant, identified in Palestinian media as Imam Jameel a-Safeer, 16, received preliminary medical treatment on the scene but succumbed to his wounds shortly after, the IDF spokesman said in a statement.

Safeer was shot at when throwing rocks at Israeli cars near the Tapuah settlement, in the central West Bank, according to the IDF. The army said the rock throwing endangered drivers on the road.

Palestinian security officials said he was throwing stones at a military vehicle when he was shot.

He was with several other Palestinians at the time of the incident.

A 19-year-old was also wounded in the same incident near the northern city of Nablus.

The army said it will open an investigation into the incident, Israeli news site Ynet reported.

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