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Israeli army: Gunman fires 8 bullets at Beitunia checkpoint

June 13, 2014 10:29 A.M. (Updated: June 14, 2014 7:03 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A border guard unit stationed at the Beitunia checkpoint came under fire by unknown assailants on Friday morning, the Israeli military said.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said that "a suspect approached the military post and opened fire at the soldiers, who fired back."

She added that no casualties were reported in the incident, which occurred around 7:30 a.m.

Israeli television station Channel Ten said that a young Palestinian man had approached the checkpoint in a car before getting out and firing eight bullets at soldiers stationed at the checkpoint near Ofer Prison west of Ramallah.

The station said that the assailant fled the site of the attack without his vehicle, and that the soldiers had begun combing the area of attack in a hunt for the car and the shooter.

Channel Ten added that eight empty cartridges had been found at the site belonging to an M-16 rifle, presumably fired by the assailant.
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