Palestinian shot by settler in clashes near Nablus

Security guard opens fire on man suspected of wielding a knife; Border Police officer lightly injured

Ilan Ben Zion, a reporter at the Associated Press, is a former news editor at The Times of Israel. He holds a Masters degree in Diplomacy from Tel Aviv University and an Honors Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, Jewish Studies, and English.

An Israeli security guard shot a Palestinian man in the stomach during clashes on Saturday between settlers and Palestinians outside the West Bank village of Urif.

Najah a-Safadi, 22, was evacuated to Rafidia Hospital in Nablus in serious but stable condition.

IDF, Israel Police, and Border Police forces arrived on the scene to restore order. A Border Police officer was lightly injured by a stone thrown by Palestinians during the melee, Ynet News reported.

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Palestinian sources claimed the Palestinians were extinguishing brushfires lit by Israelis from the neighboring settlement of Yitzhar when the security detail opened fire. Israel Radio reported that the security guard claims a-Safadi was armed with a knife and intended to attack an Israeli.

Last week, settlers from Yitzhar were filmed shooting at Palestinians after fighting broke out between the two parties. One Palestinian was hospitalized with a gunshot wound. The Israeli human rights NGO B’Tselem published the footage on YouTube.

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