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2 Palestinians shot, injured after attack on Israeli settler

Oct. 7, 2015 10:59 A.M. (Updated: Oct. 7, 2015 7:22 P.M.)
Israeli soldiers stand guard at a checkpoint between Jerusalem and the West Bank city of Bethlehem on June 29, 2015. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Two Palestinians were shot and injured by Israeli forces near the village of Dar Salah east of Bethlehem following an attack on an Israeli settler from the illegal Teqoa settlement, witnesses said.

Two Palestinian students from the town of al-Ubeidiya attacked the car of a settler, leaving her moderately injured, locals told Ma'an.

The settler fled the attackers to the Teqoa settlement, where she was transferred to the Hadassah hospital for treatment.

The students were shot and injured by Israeli forces following the attack, locals said. Mujahid Naem Abu-Sarhan, 18, was shot in the chest, and Suhaib Ibrahim Hasasna, 18, was shot in the leg.

Both were transferred to a hospital for medical treatment, where their conditions are currently unknown.

Clashes broke out after the attack, and two other settlers were injured near Dar Salah as Palestinians threw stones at passing vehicles.

An Israeli army spokesperson said an Israeli woman was "dragged from her car and beaten" by Palestinians. Israelis driving on the road stopped their cars and fired shots in the air and the suspects fled the scene, she added.

The Israeli army is looking into reports of Palestinian injuries, she said.

Tensions have skyrocketed in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank over the past week as a cycle of reprisal attacks continues to mount.

Four Israelis have been killed by individual Palestinians over the past week.

Two Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces since Sunday during clashes in the West Bank, including a 13-year-old boy.

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