Israeli forces shot and injured a Palestinian man at Zaatara checkpoint, south of Nablus city, medical sources said.
The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) medics confirmed that Israeli forces manning Zaatara checkpoint, also known to Israelis as Tappuah, opened fire at a vehicle, injuring and moderately injuring a Palestinian man.
PRCS medics were prevented from providing medical treatment to the man, who was left to bleed.
Witnesses said that Israeli soldiers temporarily closed the checkpoint to Palestinian traffic in both directions.
Meanwhile, Israeli police spokesman claimed that the man, who was not identified, was shot after he attempted to carry out a car-ramming and stabbing attack.
“The terrorist drove his vehicle into the police officers that were carrying out activity at the junction. After striking the officers, the terrorist ran towards the officers with a knife. One officer responded at the scene and shot the terrorist,” he said in a statement.
The police statement said that following the “attack”, police officers were in light conditions and the “terrorist” in moderate condition.
The circumstances surrounding the shooting remain unclear and largely based on the Israeli version of events.
Though Israeli military has claimed that Palestinians were allegedly attempting to carry out attacks, in a majority of instances when Palestinians were killed human rights groups have disputed Israel’s version of events, arguing that many alleged attackers could have been subdued in a non-lethal manner.
02/09/2020 09:57 am