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Three Israeli settlers wounded in shooting near West Bank settlement

A man and two young girls were shot at while driving outside Tekoa settlement
Israeli soldiers block the road leading to the occupied West Bank town of Janatah south of Bethlehem, following a reported shooting attack at the Tekoa junction on 16 July 2023 (AFP)

Three Israelis have been wounded in a shooting outside the occupied West Bank settlement of Tekoa, according to the Israeli army and emergency services.

A 35-year-old man was left in serious but stable condition, while two girls - a nine-year-old and 14-year-old - suffered mild injuries from shrapnel.

Israeli media said the three were from the nearby Nokdim settlement and were shot at while driving in their car.

The army said the attacker was in a car when they fired, and search was underway for the perpetrator and possible collaborators.

The attack comes amid an increase settler attacks and military raids on Palestinian cities, the latest of which targeted the Jenin refugee camp on 3 July.

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Over two days, the Israeli military conducted its worst attack on Jenin in two decades, deploying tanks, bulldozers, drones and Apache attack helicopters.

The Jenin operation, which legal experts have said amounts to war crimes, killed 12 Palestinians, wounded 100 others and displaced more than 3,000 Palestinians from their homes.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, a group of Israeli settlers - armed with batons, pepper spray and stones - attacked and wounded five Palestinians near the city of Tubas in the northern West Bank.

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