An Israeli soldiers aims during July 10 clashes with Palestinian protesters in the village of Kfar Qaddum, near Nablus in the occupied West Bank (AFP/Jaafar Ashtiyeh, File)
NABLUS (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces shot and injured two Palestinian youth overnight Saturday on the main road near the northern occupied West Bank village of Aqraba, south of Nablus, Palestinian security sources told Ma'an.
Palestinian security sources said Ayham Deriyya and Younis Munir Bani Fadil were shot by Israeli soldiers who were stationed behind a barrier which blocked the main entrance to Aqraba. Both of the injured were evacuated to a nearby hospital in moderate condition.
The sources highlighted that Israeli forces closed the village's entrance on Thursday, forcing residents to use alternate, less convenient routes.
An Israeli army spokesperson said two Palestinians were "hurling rocks at Israeli vehicles" in the area, and that "Israeli forces responded to the threat, firing at the lower extremities." The spokesperson confirmed that two Palestinians were shot and wounded in the area.
Shortly before the young men were shot, residents said Israeli forces told them they would intensify security procedures near Aqraba, because of reports that Palestinian youth from the village had been throwing rocks at passing cars in the area.