Wounded Israeli and troopers returned hearth, wounding Palestinian gunman, who was arrested, Israeli military says.
Israel’s ambulance and rescue service mentioned a 30-year-old man was wounded when the car he was travelling in got here beneath hearth within the Israeli-occupied West Financial institution on Sunday.
The Israeli navy mentioned it acquired a report of a “capturing incident” in Huwara, a city that has been a spotlight of Israeli navy raids and a settler rampage in current weeks.
Israeli medics mentioned a person was shot within the higher physique and was severely wounded, whereas his spouse was evenly harm.
The Israeli military mentioned both troopers or one of many injured shot the suspected Palestinian gunman, who was then arrested by Israeli forces. His situation was not instantly clear.
The capturing got here as Israeli and Palestinian officials held talks in the Egyptian resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh searching for to revive calm after a surge in lethal violence within the West Financial institution and forward of a delicate vacation interval starting this week.
Final month, a Palestinian gunman killed two Israeli settlers driving by way of Huwara. This was adopted by a rampage by Israeli settlers who killed a Palestinian man and torched dozens of homes and vehicles.
Far-right Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich additionally mentioned that Huwara wanted to be “wiped out”, in remarks that had been widely condemned.
The West Financial institution has seen a surge of confrontations in current months, with near-daily navy raids and escalating settler violence.
Israeli settler-related violence concentrating on Palestinians has reached its highest ranges since 2006, the United Nations instructed Al Jazeera.
A day by day common of three violent incidents per day has been recorded in 2023, in contrast with two incidents per day in 2022, and one incident per day in 2021.
The assembly on Sunday is the second try by the edges, supported by regional allies Egypt and Jordan in addition to the US, to finish a year-long eruption of violence that has seen greater than 200 Palestinians killed by Israeli hearth and greater than 40 Israelis and three Ukrainians killed in Palestinian assaults.
Over the previous yr, Israeli forces have additionally made 1000’s of arrests within the West Financial institution.
The continual lethal navy raids have raised questions in regards to the prospects of holding conferences between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, which governs restricted elements of the West Financial institution.
The earlier assembly in Jordan late final month ended with an settlement to de-escalate tensions. It was rapidly derailed by a number of new bursts of violence, together with an Israeli raid in Nablus that killed 11 Palestinians, making expectations for the second installment low.
Sunday’s capturing additional lowered these expectations. Nonetheless, mediators wish to ease tensions forward of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which is anticipated to start this week and which coincides subsequent month with the Jewish vacation of Passover.
“Total, Palestinians are disenchanted. They are saying that the US desires to someway comprise potential escalation that might occur through the holy month of Ramadan particularly since we all know that Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails are planning an open starvation strike,” mentioned Al Jazeera’s Nida Ibrahim, reporting from Ramallah within the occupied West Financial institution.
“For those who ask Palestinians on the road in the event that they imagine this summit goes to result in something, they’d inform you that it could not yield any outcomes,” she added.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made no point out of the summit in his weekly cupboard assembly.
Palestinian official Hussein al-Sheikh tweeted on Saturday that the assembly was meant to “demand an finish to this steady Israeli aggression towards us”.
The Palestinian delegation will take part tomorrow within the Sharm Al-Sheikh assembly, with regional and worldwide presence. To defend the rights of our #Palestinian individuals to freedom and independence, and to demand an finish to this steady #Israeli aggression towards us. https://t.co/tZWvTiArHT
— حسين الشيخ Hussein AlSheikh (@HusseinSheikhpl) March 18, 2023