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Palestinian child shot while playing with gun

6-year-old hospitalized in Qalqilya with stomach wound; Israeli car hit by gunfire near Ma’ale Adumim

A six-year-old Palestinian boy was shot in his stomach near the West Bank city of Qalqilya on Saturday, a Palestinian source quoted by Hebrew media said.

The Palestinian source initially claimed he was shot by an Israeli driver. It later transpired that the child and a friend had been playing with a gun when it went off

According to the Palestinian source, the child was standing by the road when an Israel driver stopped, shot him and fled, the Israeli news website Ynet reported. It was not clear whether the child was throwing stones at cars, Ynet said. The boy was evacuated to hospital in Qalqilya; his condition was unclear.

The Hebrew-language Walla website quoted the Palestinian media as saying that the attack was carried out by a settler. Israeli officials initially had no information on the claim.

Tensions between Israelis and Palestinians have been escalating since the start of the Jewish new year holiday on September 13, when Israeli police discovered pipe bombs during a preemptive raid at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Since the raid, there have been numerous clashes and riots in the capital and West Bank, culminating in the murders of Eitam and Naama Henkin near Nablus on Thursday.

Another Israeli couple said they came under fire as they drove through the West Bank, near Jerusalem late Friday.

The two reported hearing a bang on the roof of their vehicle as they traveled on Route 90, towards Ma’ale Adumim, the Maariv website reported Saturday. When they arrived at their destination, they discovered a bullet lodged in the vehicle. No one was injured, although the car sustained some damage.

The police launched an investigation into that incident.

On Saturday morning, a 15-year-old resident of the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan was arrested when police caught him throwing stones at Jews near a cemetery in the Old City.

Three Israelis were lightly wounded Friday as the violence in the capital and the West Bank continued. A Border Police officer suffered head injuries when he was hit by stones in the Old City, and a woman and her daughter were hurt when their car was hit by rocks near the West Bank settlement of Migdalim, in the Nablus area.

Also Friday, police were searching for an armed assailant after reports of gunfire in the Nof Zion neighborhood of south Jerusalem, near the Palestinian neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber. There were no casualties, but bullet shells were found in the area.

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