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Family: Israeli settler shoots, injures 6-year-old Palestinian

Oct. 3, 2015 12:40 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 4, 2015 1:24 A.M.)
Six-year-old Palestinian Yousef Bayan al-Tabib in the Qalqiliya Hospital on Oct. 3, 2015.
Correction appended

QALQILIYA (Ma’an) -- A suspected Israeli settler shot and critically injured a 6-year-old Palestinian near the occupied West Bank city of Qalqiliya, relatives said.

Yousef Bayan al-Tabib was standing on the side of the road when the settler reportedly stopped his car, shot the child in the stomach, and fled the scene, relatives of the boy told Ma'an.

The child, from the small Palestinian village of Izbeit at-Tabib -- in Area C and around six miles east of Qalqiliya -- was taken to the Qalqiliya Hospital for treatment.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an that the army had received reports of the attack and that Israeli forces had arrived on scene and were "investigating any indication that the attack happened."

The occupied West Bank was rocked by settler attacks on Palestinians and their property on Thursday night and Friday after a fatal shooting attack was carried out by alleged Palestinian gunmen.

The attack left Israeli settlers Eitam and Naama Henkin dead in their car as they were driving in the Nablus area of the northern West Bank.

Hundreds of additional Israeli troops were deployed following the attack, and seven Palestinians were detained in Israeli raids in Nablus at dawn on Saturday.

During the raids a resident was shot by Israeli forces in the chest with live fire and a demolition order was issued for a home in the Askar Refugee Camp to the family of one of the alleged shooters.

While the attack on al-Tabib comes in the wake of Thurday's shooting and reprisal attacks, Israeli settlers regularly carry out attacks on Palestinians and their property.

An arson attack in July carried out by suspected Jewish extremists burned an 18-month-old Palestinian alive in his home and killed his parents.

At least 324 acts of violence were carried out by Israeli settlers in 2014 according to UN documentation, over half of which resulted in injury.

Such attacks are rarely prosecuted and carried out in the presence of Israeli military forces.

Correction: The headline of this version makes clear that the initial report, which has since been challenged, came from a single source.

Six-year-old Palestinian Yousef Bayan al-Tabib in the Qalqilya Hospital after being shot by a suspected Israeli settler in the occupied West Bank on Oct. 3, 2015. (MaanImages)
YetThen / Canada
Ynet reports that the boy was shot by a Palestinian in a inter Palestinian dispute. It is another case of Arab on Arab violence.
03/10/2015 14:38
Tanias Titz / Austria
Palestinian sources say the family fabricated the story that the boy was shot by Israeli settler, in order to protect older brother and win Palestinian Authority pension, the IDF denies Israeli involvement, and has held the brother for questioning.
03/10/2015 20:05
Gitta Zarum / UK
The boy was playing with his brother's gun and shot himself. The brother is a police officer and the family fabricated the story of an Israeli attack to save him from getting into trouble. Can we see the 'correction' give as much publicity as the original story, please?
03/10/2015 22:41
olivia / usa
@maan, you should remove this misleading and false story from your site all together
03/10/2015 22:56
Katherine Whiteley / England
Ynet news is as reliable as a report by the IDF so not reliable at all. Enough video evidence plus statements of former soldiers exist to know settlers attack Palestinian children on a regular basis. Even when settlers burnt a family alive and Muhammad abu Khdeir they tried to blame Palestinians.
05/10/2015 22:34
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