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Palestinian shot by Israeli forces after Efrat settlement attack in stable condition

Sept. 19, 2016 8:32 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 20, 2016 11:45 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian who was shot and injured after stabbing and moderately wounding an Israeli army officer Sunday in the illegal Israeli settlement of Efrat in the southern occupied West Bank was reported to be in stable condition on Monday.

Lawyer for the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) Mamun al-Hashim visited 20-year-old Bahaa al-Din Muhammad Khalil Odeh in Israel’s Hadassah Medical Center Ein Kerem in Jerusalem, when Odeh said that he had been violently assaulted during his arrest.

Odeh told al-Hashim that his arm was broken and he sustained a deep cut on his head, causing him to lose consciousness, before eventually being taken to the hospital for treatment.

Al-Hashim added that Odeh was interrogated by the Israeli Intelligence officers at his hospital bed.

Israeli forces shot and seriously injured Odeh after he stabbed and moderately wounded an Israeli army officer at a guard post in the illegal Israeli settlement of Efrat southwest of Bethlehem in the southern occupied West Bank.

Both were evacuated to Hadassah Medical Center for medical care.

According to Israeli media, the 30-year old Israeli army commander sustained stab wounds to his upper body, and other Israeli army soldiers stationed at the guard post shot and wounded Odeh.

According to locals, Odeh is originally from the village of Artas southwest of Bethlehem city, and has been living in a village of Wadi Rahhal located just northeast of the illegal Efrat settlement.

The incident was the seventh alleged attack or attempted attack to occur in the occupied Palestinian territory since Friday, which has left four Palestinians and one Jordanian citizen shot dead by Israeli forces, and three other Palestinians -- including Odeh -- seriously injured by Israeli fire.

Some 229 Palestinians have been killed by Israelis since the beginning of a wave of unrest nearly a year ago across the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel. Some 32 Israelis have been killed by Palestinians during the same time period.

The violence against Israelis has mostly been characterized by alleged small-scale attacks carried out by individual Palestinians, usually against uniformed Israeli soldiers and police.

Israel has come under repeated criticism for failing to carry out due process in response to alleged and actual attacks, particularly in regard to the apparent extrajudicial executions of Palestinians who did not pose a threat when they were killed.

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