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Palestinian in moderate condition after being shot by Israeli troops near Nablus

Unarmed suspect approached security forces’ post, failed to heed warnings to stop, military says

File: Israeli soldiers seen during a raid in the village of Salem, east of the city of Nablus in the West Bank, April 20, 2022 (Nasser Ishtayeh/Flash90)
Illustrative. Israeli soldiers seen during a raid in the village of Salem, east of the city of Nablus in the West Bank, April 20, 2022 (Nasser Ishtayeh/Flash90)

An unarmed Palestinian man who approached a military post near the West Bank city of Nablus and did not heed calls to stop was shot and injured late Tuesday night, the Israeli army said.

The individual was taken to hospital for treatment, the military said, and an investigation into the incident was underway.

The military said security forces called to the man to stop his advance toward their location and fired warning shots into the air. When he failed to heed their warnings, he was shot.

According to Hebrew-language media reports, the man was hit in the lower extremities and was taken to the Rabin Medical Center in Petah Tikva (also known as Beilinson Hospital) in moderate condition.

Citing Palestinian sources, Ynet reported that the man may be mentally unwell.

Earlier Tuesday, police arrested a Palestinian man who attempted to steal a vehicle in Petah Tikva and drive it to the West Bank. Police said officers who were notified about the stolen car spotted it on Route 5, driving toward the West Bank.

A police force blocked a portion of the road while another team began pursuing the suspect.

When the suspect reached the roadblock he tried to escape by ramming into a police car and running over officers on the scene, police said.

Officers responded with gunfire, lightly injuring the suspect, who was detained and taken to a nearby hospital for medical treatment.

Police later identified the suspect as a 19-year-old resident of the West Bank.

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