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Palestinian shot after opening fire at military post near Nablus — IDF

Suspect taken for medical treatment; military launches manhunt for cell that fled after attempted attack near northern West Bank city; no soldiers hurt

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

Illustrative: Israeli soldiers operate in the West Bank, on June 29, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)
Illustrative: Israeli soldiers operate in the West Bank, on June 29, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)

A Palestinian man allegedly opened fire at a military position near the northern West Bank city of Nablus on Thursday night and was shot by Israeli soldiers, the military said.

According to the Israel Defense Forces, several armed Palestinians arrived by vehicle at a military post between Nablus and Huwara. One person got out of the car and opened fire.

“The armed man was identified by troops operating in the area,” the IDF said, adding that soldiers returned fire and wounded him.

He was taken to an Israeli hospital for medical treatment, and was expected to be questioned.

Palestinian media reports, citing the Palestinian Red Crescent medical service, said two people were being treated for gunshot wounds.

The other men in the car apparently fled, and the IDF said another Palestinian vehicle approached the area and took the gunman’s weapon.

The IDF launched a manhunt for the other members of the cell.

No soldiers were hurt, the IDF said.

 

Images circulated online showed a car with smashed windows, apparently from Israeli gunfire.

The incident followed an uptick in shootings in the area in recent weeks.

On Sunday, two Palestinian gunmen were killed in an Israeli military raid in Nablus, and earlier this month shots were fired at two IDF posts near the Palestinian city.

The recent shootings came amid high tensions in the West Bank, as Israeli security forces have stepped up operations following a deadly wave of terror attacks against Israelis that left 19 people dead earlier this year.

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