One Palestinian civilian was shot and injured when Israeli troops stationed at Howwara checkpoint, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, opened fire at Palestinian civilians crossing the checkpoint on Wednesday midday.

Israeli soldiers opened fire at a Palestinian civilian car crossing the checkpoint, critically wounding the driver Shawki Al Rojbi, eyewitnesses reported.

The eyewitnesses added that soldiers were stopping and searching cars going in or out of Nablus. Troops ordered Al Rojbi to stop his car: when he did not stop, the soldiers showered the car with rounds of live ammunition and injured him.

Soldiers forced people stranded on the checkpoint away, then abducted the injured man in an army vehicle and took him to an unknown location. In addition, troops closed the checkpoint for one hour.