Israeli soldier shot, seriously wounded in West Bank

An Israeli soldier has been seriously wounded following a shooting incident in the southern West Bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron).

Israeli police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the soldier was gravely injured by shots fired at him on Sunday.

She added that the incident took place in center of the city close to the Cave of the Patriarchs, which is known by Muslims as the Ibrahimi Mosque.

“He was taken to hospital for treatment, and police and army forces are searching the area for suspects,” Samri noted.

On Friday, a Palestinian kidnapped and murdered an Israeli soldier near the northern West Bank city of Qalqiliya.

The body of the slain soldier, identified as 20-year-old Tomer Hazan, was found on Saturday morning.

Israel’s Shin Bet security agency said it has arrested the Palestinian suspect, 42-year-old Nidal Amer, at his family home in the village of Beit Amin, south of Qalqiliya.

The Palestinian man said he has abducted and killed the Israeli soldier hoping to exchange the body for the release of his brother, who has been jailed by Israel since 2003.

According to human rights group B’Tselem, more than 4,700 Palestinian prisoners, including about 170 administrative detainees, are currently being held in Israeli prisons.

Administrative detention is a sort of imprisonment without trial or charge that allows Israel to incarcerate Palestinians for up to six months. The detention order can be renewed for indefinite periods of time.

By Press TV

 

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