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Israeli wounded, after Palestinian killed in WB violence

Israeli wounded in West Bank shooting after Palestinian killed by Israeli violence
8 min read
27 February, 2023
A 25-year-old Israeli has been wounded in a shooting after one Palestinian was killed and hundreds were injured in Israeli violence in the occupied West Bank.
Men handle a lock on the door of a torched building in the town of Huwara near Nablus in the occupied West Bank on 27 February 2023. [Getty]

A 25-year-old Israeli man was wounded in a West Bank shooting, after violence erupted in the area on Sunday, according to Israeli media.

The man is in critical condition and is being evacuated to Haddasah University Hospital in Jerusalem, Emergency services reported, according to Haaretz.

This comes after a Palestinian was killed as hundreds of others were injured and numerous homes were set on fire by Israeli settlers on Sunday evening in the latest escalation in the occupied West Bank.

The Palestinian health ministry said that a 37-year-old Palestinian, Sameh Aqtash, was shot dead in Zaatara village near Nablus during the attack.

More than 350 Palestinians were injured, most suffering from tear gas inhalation, the Palestinian Red Crescent Society said.

At least 30 houses were completely or partially burned and about 25 cars were burned, according to Al-Araby Al-Jadeed.

Also on Sunday, two Israeli settlers living in an illegal West Bank settlement were killed, Israeli officials said,  just south of the Nablus, in a car on the main road through the town of Huwara.

Late Sunday, Israeli media reported the attack by Israeli settlers as "seeking revenge" near Huwara. Palestinian news agency Wafa reported that settlers "set fire to several Palestinian-owned houses" in villages near Nablus.

The Israeli army did not immediately comment but said it had evacuated dozens of Palestinians from their homes threatened by fires in Huwara.

The latest deaths came amid talks in Jordan to discuss worsening violence in the occupied territory, and days after Israeli forces launched their deadliest West Bank raid in nearly 20 years, which killed 11 Palestinians in the northern city of Nablus.