2 Israelis injured in Palestinian shooting attack on bus in West Bank

Source: Xinhua| 2018-11-08 06:25:12|Editor: yan
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JERUSALEM, Nov. 7 (Xinhua) -- Two Israelis were slightly injured in a Palestinian shooting attack on a bus near a settlement in the Israel-occupied West Bank on Wednesday night, the military said.

The incident took place near the Focus Crossing, adjacent to the settlement of Beit El, north of Ramallah City.

A live fire was opened at a moving bus, a military spokesperson said in a statement.

"Two civilians were struck by fragments and lightly injured before being evacuated for medical treatment," the statement read.

The shooter or shooters fled the scene, the spokesperson said, adding that "Israel Defense Forces troops are searching the area."

Israel's emergency service said one of the injured is the bus driver, a man in his 30s, and the other is a 35-year-old passenger.

The shooting was the latest in a spate of violence in the West Bank.

On Tuesday, a Palestinian woman was shot and injured after she attempted to stab with scissors the Israeli border police officers near a petrol station outside the settlements of Alon and Kfar Adumim, northeast of Jerusalem.

On Monday, Israeli forces shot and injured a Palestinian man in his alleged stabbing attempt in the settlement of Kiryat Arba, east of Hebron City.

The violence comes amid tensions between Israelis and Palestinians in the wake of a diplomatic freeze in the peace process and regular protests in the Gaza Strip against the 12-year Israeli blockade on the coastal enclave.