Israeli wounded in West Bank shooting


On Sunday, a 30-year-old man was injured when the vehicle he was travelling in was fired upon in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, according to Israel’s ambulance and rescue service. The Israeli military stated that a “shooting incident” was reported in Huwara, which has been a site of Israeli military operations and settler attacks recently.

A man sustained serious injuries to his upper body and his wife was lightly injured in a shooting incident, according to Israeli medics. The Israeli military stated that the incident occurred in Huwara, a town that has recently experienced Israeli military raids and settler violence. The suspected Palestinian gunman was arrested by Israeli forces after being shot by either the injured individuals or soldiers.

The shooting came as Israeli and Palestinian officials held talks in the Egyptian resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh seeking to restore calm after a surge in deadly violence in the West Bank and ahead of a sensitive holiday period beginning this week.

Last month, a Palestinian gunman killed two Israeli settlers driving through Huwara. This was followed by a rampage by Israeli settlers who killed a Palestinian man and torched dozens of houses and cars.

Far-right Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich also said that Huwara needed to be “wiped out”, in remarks that were widely condemned.

The Israeli-occupied West Bank has seen a surge of confrontations in recent months, with near-daily military raids and escalating settler violence.

Israeli settler-related violence targeting Palestinians has reached its highest levels since 2006, As the United Nations said.

A daily average of three violent incidents per day has been recorded in 2023, compared with two incidents per day in 2022, and one incident per day in 2021.

The meeting on Sunday is the second attempt by the sides, supported by regional allies Egypt and Jordan as well as the United States, to end a year-long eruption of violence that has seen more than 200 Palestinians killed by Israeli fire and more than 40 Israelis and three Ukrainians killed in Palestinian attacks.

Over the past year, Israeli forces have also made thousands of arrests in the West Bank.

The continuous deadly military raids have raised questions about the prospects of holding meetings between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, which governs limited parts of the West Bank.

The previous meeting in Jordan late last month ended with an agreement to de-escalate tensions. It was quickly derailed by several new bursts of violence, including an Israeli raid in Nablus that killed 11 Palestinians, making expectations for the second installment low.

Sunday’s shooting further lowered those expectations. Still, mediators want to ease tensions ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which is expected to begin this week and which coincides next month with the Jewish holiday of Passover.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made no mention of the summit in his weekly cabinet meeting.

Palestinian official Hussein al-Sheikh tweeted on Saturday that the meeting was meant to “demand an end to this continuous Israeli aggression against us”.

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