IDF: Two Israelis wounded in shooting in West Bank town of Huwara


Two Israeli men were wounded in a drive-by shooting attack in the town of Huwara in the northern West Bank on Saturday, the military and doctors said.

According to the Israeli Defense Forces, gunfire hit the two men while they were on the Route 60 highway in the town, south of the city of Nablus in the West Bank.

It was the third shooting attack in Huwara in recent weeks.

Military doctors took the two men to Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikvah, the emergency service Rescuers Without Borders said. The service said both were conscious and not suffering from life-threatening injuries.

The suspected attacker fled the scene in a car.

The IDF said in a statement that troops were closing several roads in the area near Nablus amid the manhunt for the gunman.

On Sunday, an Israeli man was shot and seriously injured in a terror attack while driving through Huwara. That attack came just three weeks after two Israeli brothers were shot dead in a terror attack while driving through Huwara.

David Stern, who was injured in the attack on March 19, has since largely recovered.

After the attack on February 26, the settlers rioted in the town, setting fire to houses and cars. One Palestinian shot dead in unclear circumstances.

Huwara has long been a flashpoint in the West Bank because it is the only Palestinian town that Israelis regularly travel through to reach settlements.

There are plans to build a bypass road for settlers so they don’t have to travel through Huwara, but construction work has stopped.

Israeli soldiers are seen at the scene of a shooting attack in the West Bank town of Huwara, March 19, 2023. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

Tensions between Israel and the Palestinians have been high for the past year, with the IDF conducting almost nightly raids on the West Bank amid a series of deadly terrorist attacks in Palestine. Those tensions have escalated in recent weeks, with a cycle of deadly Israeli raids and Palestinian attacks, as well as an increase in settler violence.

Palestinian terrorist attacks in Israel and the West Bank in recent months have left 15 Israelis dead and many more injured.

At least 86 Palestinians have been killed since the beginning of the year, most of them in attacks or during clashes with security forces, although some were unrelated civilians and others were killed under circumstances that are being investigated.

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