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Gunman opens fire on vehicles in West Bank, wounds 3
Published on: Thursday, March 28, 2024
By: AFP
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Gunman opens fire on vehicles in West Bank, wounds 3
A 30-year-old man was in serious condition following the gun attack, while a 21-year-old man and a 13-year-old boy were less seriously wounded. (AP pic)
JERUSALEM: Medics and the army said three people including a boy were wounded in a gun attack today that targeted a school bus near the city of Jericho in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

After reports that a gunman fired toward “a number of vehicles”, soldiers were sent to the scene near the town of Al-Auja, the military said, adding that soldiers were pursuing the suspect.

The military confirmed a school bus had been targeted.

A 30-year-old man was in serious condition with gunshot wounds, while a 21-year-old man was less seriously wounded and a 13-year-old boy suffered shrapnel injuries, emergency services said.

Israeli public radio said the masked gunman started shooting at Israeli cars at around 7am local time, hitting a car and a school bus.

Violence has surged in the West Bank since the start of the war between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip in October. The war began with Hamas’ unprecedented attack against Israel on Oct 7 that left about 1,160 people dead.

More than 440 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli troops or settlers in the West Bank since the war broke out, according to the Palestinian Authority, which has partial administrative control in the West Bank.

At least 17 Israeli soldiers and civilians have been killed in attacks there over the same period, say the Israeli authorities.

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