Suspected Huwara terrorist arrested after being shot by victim, say medics

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

A car seen with bullet holes at an intersection in the West Bank town of Huwara following a shooting on March 19, 2023. (Screenshot/Twitter)
A car seen with bullet holes at an intersection in the West Bank town of Huwara following a shooting on March 19, 2023. (Screenshot/Twitter)

The suspected terrorist who opened fire at an Israeli couple driving through the West Bank town of Huwara earlier has been arrested, according to medics and media reports.

The Rescuers Without Borders emergency service says the victim of the attack, who is hospitalized in serious condition, managed to return fire at the gunman on Route 60.

According to the service and media reports, the suspected terrorist was found wounded a short while later in Huwara, and was detained by troops. The Israel Defense Forces does not immediately confirm the details.

A spokesman for the Hamas terror group hails the shooting. Hazem Qassem says the attack is “a natural reaction to the occupation’s crimes against our people in the West Bank and Jerusalem.” The terror group, however, does not claim responsibility for the attack.

Medics and local officials meanwhile deny media reports that said the couple’s young children were in the car at the time of the attack, saying that the couple was alone in the car.

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