Video shows settler shooting, injuring Palestinian

Jeremy Sharon is The Times of Israel’s legal affairs and settlements reporter

An Israeli settler shoots and severely injures a Palestinian from point blank range during a confrontation in the At-Tuwani village in the South Hebron Hills, the latest in a series of violent attacks on West Bank Palestinians by settlers.

In a video sent by the B’Tselem human rights organization, a settler armed with an assault rifle is seen at first standing in wasteland behind a large rock with several unarmed Palestinian men close by.

The Israeli man then approaches one of the Palestinians, hits him with his rifle and despite the Palestinian taking a step or two backwards then fires at him from point-blank range at his abdomen.

An IDF soldier is then seen approaching the scene of the incident and escorts the shooter together with another individual, also apparently a settler, away from the scene.

In a subsequent video also sent by B’Tselem the man is seen bleeding from his wound but apparently conscious and being loaded into a car to take him to hospital.

A police spokesperson for the Judea District said they were aware of the incident, that they know the identity of the assailant, and that he will be questioned.

The spokesperson confirmed that the assailant was an Israeli settler and resident of one of the settlements or illegal outposts in the South Hebron Hills region.

Six Palestinians have been killed in the West Bank in two separate incidents in the last three days, reportedly by settlers.

The Palestinian Authority health ministry said on Thursday that two Palestinians were killed after Israeli settlers opened fire on a funeral procession near the West Bank town of Qusra, south of Nablus.

According to the Palestinian Authority’s WAFA news agency, ambulances were carrying the bodies of four Palestinians who were shot dead a day earlier, reportedly also by Israeli settlers, when settlers arrived at the scene and attempted to halt the funeral procession.

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