Young man seriously injured by Israeli Army fire near Nablus

06:00 Sep 18 2015 Beit Furik

Young man seriously injured by Israeli Army fire near Nablus Young man seriously injured by Israeli Army fire near Nablus

Unidentified scene: AFP/Jaafar Ashtiyeh

Izzat Khatatbeh, the bereaved father, who lost touch with reality some years ago. Like much of the family, he too is deaf. Credit:Alex Levac

UPDATE, Oct 1, 2105: see Ahmed Khatatbeh Didn't Hear the Gunfire That Killed Him: Why did soldiers fire at a deaf man who arrived at a West Bank checkpoint late at night, and prevent his evacuation by ambulance for an hour? by Gideon Levy and Alex Levac for Haaretz

NABLUS (Ma'an) Sept 18, 2015-- Israeli soldiers shot and critically injured a Palestinian man early Friday at a military checkpoint in eastern Nablus, security officials said.

Ahmad Izzat Khatatbeh, 26, from Beit Furik village was taken to Rafidia Hospital where doctors said his condition was critical.

He was shot in the shoulder and pelvis, Palestinian security officials said.

Witnesses told Ma'an that the sound of heavy gunfire was heard near the Beit Furik checkpoint and that an Israeli ambulance arrived in the area afterwards.

Israeli forces raided the village and carried out search raids following the incident.

An Israeli army spokesperson said that a firebomb was thrown at an Israeli army patrol in the area, near the illegal settlement of Itamar, with soldiers responding by shooting a Palestinian suspect and arresting another.

Earlier this week in Nablus Israeli forces detained a Palestinian after he allegedly attempted to stab an Israeli border guard at the Zaatara military checkpoint.

A Palestinian had been shot dead by Israeli forces at the checkpoint one month prior after another reported stabbing attempt.

Tensions have been high in the Nablus area since Riham Dawabsha, 32, on Sept. 9 succumbed to wounds sustained in an arson attack on her home in the village of Duma.

The attack left her husband and 18-month-old dead, and the perpetrators -- believed to be Jewish extremists from a nearby settlement -- have yet to be be arrested by Israeli authorities.

The Nablus governorate is site to rapidly expanding Jewish-only settlements accompanied by heavy Israeli military presence in the area.

by IMEMC & Agencies

Palestinian medical sources have reported, on Friday at dawn, that a young man was shot and seriously injured by Israeli army fire, near the Beit Forik Israeli military roadblock, east of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

According to the army, two young Palestinian men hurled a Molotov cocktail on an Israeli settler’s car, causing her to temporarily lose control of the vehicle, but was not hurt.

The army added that the soldiers rushed to the scene, and opened fire on the two Palestinians, seriously wounding one of them, and arrested the other.

Eyewitnesses said the soldiers fired several rounds of live ammunition, and that the wounded young man was moved to an Israeli hospital.

The identity of the two Palestinians remained unknown until the time of this report.

After the incident, several military vehicles invaded Beit Forik village, and initiated a search campaign.

On Thursday evening, dozens of young Palestinian men clashed with Israeli soldiers, near Bilal Bin Rabah Mosque, at the northern entrance of Bethlehem city.

The soldiers fire rounds of live ammunition, gas bombs and concussion grenades; one Palestinian was shot with a live round in the leg, and was moved to Beit Jala governmental hospital.
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