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IDF says Palestinian who stoned Israeli cars shot dead; another seriously hurt

Military says several vehicles traveling on West Bank’s Route 60 highway near Sinjil damaged in rock attacks

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Illustrative: Palestinians clash with Israeli security forces during a protest in the village of Kfar Qaddum, near the West Bank city of Nablus, September 23, 2022. (Nasser Ishtayeh/Flash90)
Illustrative: Palestinians clash with Israeli security forces during a protest in the village of Kfar Qaddum, near the West Bank city of Nablus, September 23, 2022. (Nasser Ishtayeh/Flash90)

Israeli troops opened fire at a group of Palestinians Saturday night that the army said was hurling stones at Israeli cars near the West Bank town of Sinjil, killing one.

According to the Israel Defense Forces, several Israeli cars traveling along Route 60, the West Bank’s main north-south highway, were damaged in stone-throwing attacks in the area.

Troops stationed nearby ambushed a group of alleged stone throwers and fired at them, the military said.

One of the Palestinians was killed and another was seriously hurt.

The Palestinian Authority health ministry identified the slain Palestinian as 18-year-old Musab Nofal, from the town of al-Mazra’a ash-Sharqiya.

The seriously wounded man was treated by army medics and taken to Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek medical center.

The Rescuers Without Borders emergency service said no Israelis were hurt in the stone-throwing attacks.

The incident came as tensions have escalated recently, with the IDF pressing on with an anti-terror offensive, mostly focused on the northern West Bank.

The campaign has netted more than 2,000 arrests in near-nightly raids, but has also left over 125 Palestinians dead. Many of those were killed while carrying out attacks or during clashes with security forces, but some were uninvolved bystanders.

The IDF’s anti-terror offensive in the West Bank was launched following a series of Palestinian attacks that killed 19 people earlier this year.

An Israeli man was killed in an attack in Hebron last Saturday, another woman was killed in a suspected attack in September, and four soldiers have been killed in the West Bank in attacks and during the arrest operations.

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