Israeli lightly injured in shooting attack in West Bank

IDF troops scour area near settlement of Halamish for perpetrators involved in drive-by shooting

IDF troops during overnight operations in the West Bank, November 27, 2016. (IDF Spokesman)
IDF troops during overnight operations in the West Bank, November 27, 2016. (IDF Spokesman)

An Israeli man was lightly injured in a drive-by shooting attack near the Israeli settlement of Halamish in the West Bank on Sunday, the Israeli military said.

The injured man, said to be in his 20s, received medical treatment on the scene for wounds to his face from glass shards, sustained when the gunfire shattered the window on the driver’s side. He was later transfered to hospital.

The vehicle sustained some damage.

According to preliminary reports, the perpetrators opened fire from a passing vehicle on the road near the Palestinian village of Aboud, close to Ramallah.

IDF troops were scouring the area for the suspected attackers. Security forces were checking whether an abandoned vehicle found near the scene was the one used in the attack.

The shooting came just a few days after a gunman opened fire on an Israeli car with two children in the back seat outside Ramallah on Wednesday evening, causing damage to the vehicle, but no injuries.

Earlier that day, a 21-year-old Palestinian man attacked a group of police officers in the Old City of Jerusalem with a screwdriver, stabbing one of them in the head and another in the upper body, police said. In response, the officers opened fire, shooting the assailant and mortally wounding him. He later died in hospital.

A spate of stabbings, car-rammings and shooting attacks by Palestinian assailants that began a year ago has waned over the last six months, though sporadic incidents have persisted.

From October 2015 to October 2016, 36 Israelis, two Americans and an Eritrean national were killed in stabbing, car-ramming and shooting attacks.

According to AFP figures, some 238 Palestinians, a Jordanian and a Sudanese migrant were also killed during the violent spurt, most of them in the course of carrying out attacks, Israel says, and many of the others in clashes with troops in the West Bank and at the Gaza border, as well as in Israeli airstrikes in the Strip.

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