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Israeli soldiers wounded in shooting attack near Ramallah

March 11, 2016 10:48 P.M. (Updated: March 12, 2016 12:20 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- At least two Israeli soldiers were wounded in a reported shooting attack at an Israeli military checkpoint near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank on Friday evening, the Israeli army said.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that a gunman shot at Israeli soldiers when their vehicle was stopped at a checkpoint near Ramallah, wounding two soldiers who were evacuated to the hospital.

Israeli forces were searching the area after the assailant fled the scene by foot, the spokesperson said.

The attack reportedly took place at Bel military checkpoint on Route 443, an Israeli road which connects a number of illegal settlements in the Palestinian territory.

The checkpoint is located near the Palestinian village of Beit Ur al-Tahta and illegal Israeli settlement of Beit Horon.

The incident was the most recent in a wave of small scale attacks in the occupied Palestinian territory, the majority carried out by Palestinian individuals on Israeli military targets.

Late January, the Ramallah district was sealed by the Israeli military after a member of the Palestinian Authority security forces shot and injured three Israeli soldiers at Beit El military checkpoint north of Ramallah city.
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