Israeli man injured in suspected shooting attack in West Bank
Jerusalem, Apr 25 (EFE).- An Israeli man was moderately injured in a suspected shooting attack in the occupied West Bank, Israel’s national medical service reported on Tuesday.
The 28 year old man was wounded in his hand as he and several others were jogging along a road near the Palestinian town of Silwad when a gunman opened fire from a vehicle, a spokesman for the Magen David Adom said.
The injured man was transferred to a hospital in Jerusalem as Israeli forces cordoned off the area and launched a manhunt for the alleged attacker, whose identity is still unknown.
Tuesday’s incident comes as Israel marks Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism, and a day after a Palestinian man was shot dead by a civilian after he rammed his car into a group of people near a busy market in West Jerusalem injuring five Israelis.
The Palestinian-Israeli conflict has escalated in the past year to levels of violence not seen since the Second Intifada (2000-05), with an increase in both Palestinian attacks against Israelis, as well as aggressions by Jewish settlers against Palestinians and violent raids by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank.
The wave of violence has so far this year left at least 100 Palestinians dead, mostly militiamen in clashes between Israeli troops, but also civilians, including 18 children.
On the Israeli side, 19 civilian victims of attacks have died, most of them settlers, including three children. EFE