One Israeli settler was killed andÃâÃÂ another injured Monday morning, after a Palestinian resistance group fired at their vehicle in the northern West Bank.
A 30-year-old settler who apparently was driving the car was killed.ÃâÃÂ AÃâÃÂ 16-year-old passengerÃâÃÂ sustained light wounds and was transferred to an Israeli hospital, according to an Israeli military source.
The shooting took place onÃâÃÂ a settlement road nearÃâÃÂ the settlement of Hermesh, adjacent to the village of Baqa al-Sharqiyya, which is located between Tulkarem and Jenin. The source stated that Palestinian gunmen fired atÃâÃÂ the vehicleÃâÃÂ from both sides of the road.
Soldiers imposed a curfew on Baqa al-Sharqiyya and conducted military searches, but no arrests were made.
The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the shooting, saying that it was carried out in retaliation to the desecration of the Holy Koran by Israeli soldiersÃâÃÂ in the Majeddo detention centerÃâÃÂ several weeks ago.ÃâÃÂ
Khader Adnan, an Islamic Jihad spokesperson, said that this shooting incident does not mark the end of cease-fire with Israel, and added that the movement is committed to calm.
Following the shooting, David Baker, a spokesman in SharonÃÂ¢Ã¢âÂ¬Ã¢âÂ¢s office, said that recent attacks carried out by the resistance ÃÂ¢Ã¢âÂ¬Ã âshowed that the Palestinian president needs to conduct greater efforts to maintain calmÃÂ¢Ã¢âÂ¬ÃÂ.
Baker added that this shooting incident ÃÂ¢Ã¢âÂ¬Ã âis a proof that the P.A must conduct all measures to prevent such attacks and uproot the resistance groupsÃÂ¢Ã¢âÂ¬ÃÂ.