An Israeli man whose car was attacked by rock throwers shot dead a Palestinian man and injured a photojournalist during a riot in the northern West Bank city of Hawara on Thursday, officials said.
A group of Palestinians were throwing rocks at cars along the road, which is near Nablus, when the Israeli civilian opened fire with his personal pistol, the army said.
“A violent riot broke out near Hawara, in which hundreds of Palestinians threw rocks at passing vehicles,” a military spokesperson said.
After opening fire, the settler, whose windshield was smashed in the rock-throwing, fled the scene.
Afterwards, he told the army he “fired into the air.” The military said, however, that it was aware of two casualties on the scene, apparently from gunshots.
“That’s being looked into,” the army said.
The killed Palestinian man was identified as 23-year-old Muataz Hussain Tayeh, of Beita outside Nablus.
Palestinian media identified the photographer as Majdi Ashtiyeh, an employee of the Associated Press.
He was said to be lightly wounded.
The head of the ambulance unit for the red crescent, Ahmad Jibril, told the official Palestinian Authority’s Wafa news agency that the photojournalist was shot in his hand, and was transferred to the Rafidia hospital in Nablus for treatment. That could not be immediately confirmed with the news agency.
A spokesperson for the Binyamin Regional Council said in a statement that it was the third day in a row of riots along the highway near Hawara.
“They are blocking the road that goes from the Gav HaHar settlements to the center of the country. They throw rocks at cars full of families and children,” the spokesperson said.
The head of the Shomron Regional Council said he “totally supports the resident who defended his life and the lives of those around him against attackers.”