More West Bank violence: Two Israelis traveling on Hawara Road in the West Bank on Tuesday found themselves in the midst of a hail of rocks as nearby Palestinians pelted their vehicle with stones.
The two Israelis sustained light injuries, but were able to get out of the car and opened fire at the attackers.
The incident took place near Hawara, south of Nablus, as the two Israelis traveled in their car. Palestinians lobbed stones at the vehicle and wounded the two. The Israelis got out of the car in a bid to take cover from the rocks and fired at the stone-throwers.
Cars under attack (Photo courtesy of Shomron Regional Council)
No injuries were reported on the Palestinian side.
The Israelis received first aid at the site of the attack; one of them was evacuated to Rabin Medical Center in Petah Tikva.
The IDF has launched an investigation into the
An eyewitness who arrived on the scene after the attack told Ynet that the driver of the vehicle survived miraculously.
"The rock passed just centimeters from his head. Shards of glass lightly wounded him," he said.
According to the eyewitness, this is just another attack in a string of similar incidents that occurred recently.
Shomron Regional Council Head Gershon Mesika claimed that there has been a rise in incidents involving stones and Molotov cocktails being thrown at Israeli vehicles ever since the Hawara Checkpoint was re-opened.
"Stones can kill. We call upon the defense establishment to take action against the incessant stone throwing on this route since the checkpoint opening before it is too late," Mesika said.