One Israeli settler was killed andĂâĂÂ 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.ĂâĂÂ AĂâĂÂ 16-year-old passengerĂâĂÂ sustained light wounds and was transferred to an Israeli hospital, according to an Israeli military source.
The shooting took place onĂâĂÂ a settlement road nearĂâĂÂ 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 atĂâĂÂ the vehicleĂâĂÂ 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 soldiersĂâĂÂ in the Majeddo detention centerĂâĂÂ several weeks ago.ĂâĂÂ
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 SharonĂÂ˘Ă˘âÂŹĂ˘âÂ˘s office, said that recent attacks carried out by the resistance ĂÂ˘Ă˘âÂŹĂ âshowed that the Palestinian president needs to conduct greater efforts to maintain calmĂÂ˘Ă˘âÂŹĂÂ.
Baker added that this shooting incident ĂÂ˘Ă˘âÂŹĂ âis a proof that the P.A must conduct all measures to prevent such attacks and uproot the resistance groupsĂÂ˘Ă˘âÂŹĂÂ.