Police say Palestinian man shot during settler rampage suspected of firing at officers

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

Smoke rises behind IDF soldiers at the entrance to Turmus Ayya, as dozens of settlers reportedly rampage through the West Bank village, June 21, 2023 (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Smoke rises behind IDF soldiers at the entrance to Turmus Ayya, as dozens of settlers reportedly rampage through the West Bank village, June 21, 2023 (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Police say an officer opened fire at a Palestinian suspected of opening fire toward security forces in the West Bank town of Turmus Ayya earlier.

The incident occurred amid a settler rampage in the Palestinian town, with hundreds of vigilantes setting fire to homes and cars.

Police say Yasam forces were called to the scene to secure firefighters attempting to put out the blazes, and at one point, Palestinians began to riot and hurl stones at the officers.

“During the riot, Yasam officers operating at the scene identified a shot fired toward them… in response, a Yamas officer who felt his life was in danger, fired a precise shot at a rioter suspected of shooting,” a police spokeswoman says, adding that the suspect was hit.

The Palestinian Authority health ministry reported that five people were shot in Turmus Ayya, including one who died.

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