Monday June 21, 2021

Perpetrator of shooting attack held

Palestinian teenager shot dead by Israeli soldiers in WB

Published : 06 May 2021, 01:16

  DF News Desk

Israeli soldiers take part in a security operation to search for Palestinians suspected in a drive-by shooting attack, in Aqraba village, east of the West Bank city of Nablus, on May 4, 2021. Photo: Xinhua.

A 16-year-old Palestinian teenager was shot dead on Wednesday night by Israeli soldiers near the northern West Bank city of Nablus, reported Xinhua, quoting medics and eyewitnesses.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said in a statement that the teenager was killed during clashes between Palestinian demonstrators and Israeli soldiers in the village of Oudla, south of Nablus.

The ministry said another Palestinian young man was shot and wounded by the soldiers during the same clashes, adding that he is in moderate condition.

Meanwhile, eyewitnesses provided similar information of the incident, saying Nablus and several surrounding villages have been witnessing daily protests and clashes following the Israeli army's raids on Palestinian homes in the area.

However, the Israeli army has been searching for Palestinian gunmen who opened fire three days ago at an Israeli vehicle and wounded three Israelis. No one has claimed responsibility for the shooting attack.

Israeli security forces said on Wednesday they have apprehended a Palestinian "terrorist" suspected of carrying out a deadly drive-by shooting attack in the West Bank three days ago.

A manhunt led to the hiding place of the suspect in a house in the village of Silwad, northeast of Ramallah city, Israel's Shin Bet security agency said in a statement.

He was identified as Muntaser Shalabi, a 44-year-old resident of the village of Turmus Ayya near Ramallah. He is not affiliated with any Palestinian militant group, according to the statement.

In the drive-by shooting on Monday afternoon, the assailant opened fire at people who were waiting at a bus stop at the Tapuah Junction, outside the Jewish settlement of Tapuah.

Three Israelis were wounded, according to Israel's Magen David Adom emergency health service. One of them, Yehuda Gueta, a 19-year-old Yeshiva (Jewish seminary) student, succumbed to his wounds on Wednesday night.