Six wounded in shooting incident on Israeli bus in occupied West Bank

Six wounded in shooting incident on Israeli bus in occupied West Bank
The shot individuals - who sustained injures - were airlifted to a hospital in Haifa, northern Israel and were said to be conscious, according to medics, while the other three were hit with glass fragments.
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04 September, 2022
Six people were said to be injured in the incident taking place in the occupied West Bank [Getty]

Six people were wounded on Sunday in a shooting  on an Israeli bus in the occupied West Bank, medics said.

"We saw two gunshot victims outside of the bus who were being treated by IDF (Israeli military) medics and other people who were at the scene," said paramedic Matti Carmi, from the Magen David Adom emergency medical services.

Those shot in the northern West Bank incident were both conscious and were airlifted to Rambam hospital, in the Israeli city of Haifa.

Three others were hit with glass fragments and subsequently transferred by road to another hospital in northern Israel, MDA said.

A photograph published by a union representing bus drivers showed the vehicle's windscreen peppered with bullet holes.

Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz said security forces "immediately went in pursuit and got their hands on suspects in the attack".

Sunday's incident follows another shooting incident last month targeting an Israeli bus in occupied east Jerusalem. Eight people, including several American citizens, were wounded in that pre-dawn attack near the Old City of Jerusalem.

Following an hours-long manhunt, police said a suspect had handed himself in.

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Meanwhile, over 50 Palestinians - mostly civilians and fighters - have been killed at the hands of Israeli forces in the West Bank since March this year.

Israeli forces have conducted numerous violent raids in the occupied territory mostly in Jenin, killing several- including veteran Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.

Several have been killed similar incidents have accused in the West Bank and Israel, also since March this year, with Israel increasing operations in the West Bank as a response.

Israel has occupied east Jerusalem and the West Bank since the 1967 Six-Day War when it invaded the territory.