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Israeli forces raid West Bank village in search of shooting suspect

July 1, 2015 1:44 P.M. (Updated: July 1, 2015 5:17 P.M.)
Israeli soldiers on patrol in the occupied West Bank. (AFP/File Abbas Momani)
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces stormed the village of Kafr Malik east of Ramallah in the central West Bank overnight Tuesday for the second consecutive day,allegedly in search of evidence from a nearby shooting attack the day prior, local residents said.

The forces searched for surveillance cameras from shops and gas stations in the village, which is located close to the alleged attack that left an Israeli settler dead and three others injured on Monday night.

Kafr Malik residents said fierce clashes broke between the Israeli forces and young men from the village who pelted the forces with stones and empty bottles.

Residents told Ma'an they believe Israeli authorities may suspect that the gunmen who carried out Monday's shooting attack night were from Kafr Malik, where Abdullah Ghuneimat, 21, was killed by Israeli forces after a military jeep flipped over and landed on his body around three weeks ago.

An Israeli army spokeswoman did not have an immediate comment on the incident.

Monday's shooting took place at a crossroads near the illegal Shilo settlement in the northern West Bank and, despite the Israeli army's efforts to set up of roadblocks and impose curfews on surrounding Palestinian villages, the perpetrator or perpetrators got away.

Israeli army spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner said at the time it was not yet possible to determine whether the shooting was carried out by a lone attacker or small group, or was the work of a larger network.
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