Two shot by settlers near Hebron: Palestinians

Two Palestinians were shot and wounded, one of them critically, in an altercation with settlers near the southern West Bank town of Hebron, Palestinian medics said.

Last Updated: Jan 28, 2011, 20:59 PM IST

Hebron: Two Palestinians were shot and
wounded, one of them critically, in an altercation with
settlers near the southern West Bank town of Hebron,
Palestinian medics said on Friday.

Israeli police confirmed an incident involving
Palestinians and a group of Israelis near the village of Beit
Umar, north of Hebron.

"Near the village of Beit Umar, we received a report
of an incident that took place there between a group of
Palestinians and Israelis," police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld
said.

"Apparently shots were fired as a result of the
incident. One Palestinian teenager has been taken to the
hospital in serious condition and the situation is continuing
to be investigated."

Palestinian medical sources named those wounded in the
incident as relatives 17-year-old Yusef Ikhlil and 19-year-old
Murad Ikhlil.

Yusef Ikhlil was on life support after being shot in
the head, sources at Al-Ahly hospital in Hebron told AFP.
Murad Ikhlil was admitted to the same hospital with a gunshot
wound to an arm.

Police and the Israeli military confirmed that they
had deployed large numbers of forces to the scene.

A Palestinian man was shot dead yesterday by a settler
near the northern West Bank city of Nablus. Hospital officials
identified him as Uday Maher Qadous, 18, from the village of
Iraq Burin, southwest of Nablus.

His cousin, who was with him at the time of the
shooting, said a group of four settlers on a nearby hilltop
opened fire on them, hitting Qadous in the chest.

Israeli police said they were investigating the
incident and that Qadous was shot after Palestinians began
throwing stones at nearby settlers.

PTI