West Bank: Israeli forces shoot Palestinian near Bethlehem-area settlement
Israeli forces shot and injured a Palestinian man near the city of Bethlehem in the southern occupied West Bank on Monday, local media reported.
Mahmoud Bello Thawabteh, a 27-year-old resident of the town of Beit Fajjar, was injured near Gush Etzion, a major settlement between the cities of Hebron and Bethlehem, official Palestinian Authority (PA) news agency Wafa reported.
In a statement on Twitter, the Israeli army claimed that Thawabteh had attempted to stab a soldier with a screwdriver at the Gush Etzion junction, adding that no Israelis had been wounded.
Footage on social media shows Thawabteh lying wounded on the ground, while Israeli forces push away a paramedic who had apparently approached to help him.
He was later hospitalised in Shaare Zedek medical centre in Jerusalem, where his condition remains unclear.
Last week, a Palestinian doctor was killed by Israeli forces in occupied East Jerusalem, the latter claiming he had attempted to carry out a stabbing attack.
Several Palestinians were also injured during protests in West Bank towns held in solidarity with prisoners who escaped the Israeli prison of Gilboa on 6 September.
Four of the six escapees were arrested over the weekend inside Israel.
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