Israeli bus driver injured by rocks near West Bank checkpoint near Jerusalem

Driver in his 30s lightly hurt by glass shrapnel, as suspected Palestinian assailants throw rock near Hizma roadblock; no others reported to be injured

Illustrative: Cars standing at the Hizma Checkpoint, near Jerusalem, July 7, 2019. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
Illustrative: Cars standing at the Hizma Checkpoint, near Jerusalem, July 7, 2019. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

An Israeli bus driver was lightly injured Saturday evening when stones were thrown at the vehicle near a West Bank checkpoint northeast of Jerusalem.

The driver, in his 30s, was lightly hurt by flying glass, as the bus was targeted by suspected Palestinian assailants near the Hizma checkpoint.

Magen David Adom paramedics treated the man and took him to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem for treatment.

There were no other injuries in the incident.

It was the second time this month in which a bus driver was injured in attacks near the checkpoint, which lies on the seam between Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Last week, a Molotov cocktail was hurled at a bus near the checkpoint during clashes between security forces and hundreds of Palestinians, as they honored Hamas terrorist Fadi Abu Shkhaydam, who had killed an Israeli and wounded four others in Jerusalem’s Old City earlier in the day. The bus driver, 25, was treated for shock; no passengers were hurt, MDA medics said at the time.

Also last week, dozens of Israeli settlers held a demonstration in the Binyamin region of the West Bank, in protest of what they say is an uptick in stone-throwing attacks by Palestinians.

Protesters gathered near the Palestinian village of Luban e-Sharkiya, the Ynet news site reported.

Settlers claimed that recently there has been an increase in rock-throwing incidents, and warned that lives are at stake.

Stonings of vehicles by both Palestinians and settlers in the West Bank are common and in some cases have led to serious injuries or deaths.

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