IDF shoots Palestinian suspect in the leg during West Bank arrest

Israeli soldiers shoot a Palestinian in the leg as they conduct arrests at Bir Zeit University near Ramallah in the West Bank, the military says.

According to the Israeli military, soldiers were conducting routine arrest operations in the area. A suspect sought to flee the scene, and the Israeli troops opened fire toward him. The army says the detained Palestinian was hit in the leg with live fire.

“During the arrest, the wanted individual tried to escape and in response, the force initiated an arrest procedure that included firing at the wanted person,” the army says.

Palestinian media reports that five students were arrested during the operation. An Israeli military spokesperson says they have only received reports of one arrest.

According to Palestinian media, the wounded Palestinian is Isma’il al-Barghouti, a student who leads the Hamas-affiliated Islamic Faction at Bir Zeit.

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