An Israeli colonizer was seriously injured, and his two daughters suffered mild wounds in a shooting incident near Tuqu’ Palestinian town southeast of Bethlehem in the southern occupied West Bank.

Israeli daily Haaretz said that the Magen David Amon emergency services received a report about the shooting approximately at 8:46 in the morning outside of Tekoa colony before the medics rushed to the scene.

Haaretz added that the wounded man, 35, suffered serious-but-stable gunshot wounds and said that his daughters, 9 and 14 years of age, sustained mild shrapnel wounds.

The wounded father was rushed to Shaarei Tzedek Medical Center in occupied Jerusalem.

The wounded colonizers are from the nearby illegal colony of Nokdim; they were injured while driving in their car before shots were fired from a passing vehicle at the intersection near Tuqu’ town before the shooter sped away.

Israeli online daily, The Jerusalem Post, said the shooter reportedly fired from inside his car.

The army is also investigating the possibility that a second person was in the car and initiated massive searches in the area.

Furthermore, Israeli soldiers closed the northern and western entrances of Tuqu’ Palestinian town and isolated it, preventing the Palestinians from entering or leaving it.

The soldiers also closed the main street, linking the southern part of the West Bank with its central and northern parts.

In addition, the army invaded and searched stores and homes in Tuqu’ and nearby Janata village and confiscated surveillance recordings and equipment.

The spokesperson of the Hamas movement, Hazem Qassem, said, “The resistance in the occupied West Bank is expanding and comes in retaliation to the constant Israeli crimes against the Palestinian people, their lands and the holy sites, and will continue until liberation and independence.”