An illegal paramilitary Israeli colonizer fatally shot Thursday a Palestinian man who reportedly stabbed another colonizer at a bus stop near the illegal colony of Efrat, built on stolen Palestinian lands, south of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank.
The Palestinian District Coordination Office informed the Palestinian Health Ministry that the slain man was officially identified as Nidal Jom’a Ja’afra, 30, from Tarqoumia town, west of Hebron.
The soldiers refused to allow Palestinian medics into the area and took his corpse to an unknown location.
The Israeli occupation army claimed the Palestinian was killed after he stabbed and injured a 30-year-old settler.
It added that another paramilitary settler fatally shot the Palestinian after the alleged stabbing incident.
According to medical sources, the wounded Israeli, 28, was rushed to the emergency unit at the Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem and will undergo surgery. His condition has been described as serious but stable.
Also, the Israeli army closed the main road between Bethlehem and Hebron, isolated the entire area, and forced all Palestinian vehicles to leave.
The soldiers also closed Aqabat Hasna and Nashash areas at the southern and western roads leading to the Al-Khader town and Bethlehem.
In Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank, the soldiers invaded the Bab az-Zawiya area in the city’s center, leading to protests, before firing a barrage of gas bombs and concussion grenades at the Palestinians, causing dozens of injuries. The soldiers also invaded and ransacked at least one home.