Early on Sunday morning, IDF soldiers opened fire at a settler who was donning a mask and hurling rocks at Palestinian vehicles on Route 60 in the Binyamin district.
The injured settler was transported to the hospital in fair condition. After hearing a report that masked persons were coming to throw stones, a patrol unit from Golani’s 12th Battalion, which is active in the sector north of Ramallah, was dispatched to the northern region of Ma’ale Levona.
The soldiers took position and recognized the individuals in masks, whom they believed to be Palestinian terrorists.
The suspects started to flee after one of the masked men threw another rock, so the military used a suspect arrest technique that involved shooting.
When the soldiers approached the wounded man after the shooting, they learned that he was a settler. His companions ran away. Additionally, a rock was hurled at the soldiers.
According to the IDF, the incident happened at around 3 a.m. when an IDF unit was sent to a location where there were numerous masked suspects. At a hospital, the injured man is receiving medical care. According to the IDF, the incident is being probed, and its specifics are being examined.
After the terrorist attack on Saturday in Huwara and in the midst of the army’s preparations for Jewish retaliation activities, the early morning incident took place.
The incident resulted in the deaths of two Jews, Aviad Nir, 28, and his father, Shai Silas Nigreker, 60, both of Ashdod. The two traveled to Huwara to fix the air conditioner in their car. After that, they went to a local car wash, where a terrorist opened fire on them.
There had been numerous indications of attacks in northern Samaria, some of which the Shin Bet had managed to thwart. IDF personnel are less visible on Route 60 near Huwara during Shabbat since there are fewer Jews there at that time.
The IDF has previously raised the number of police officers and military personnel in the Huwara-Yitzhar region in anticipation of Jewish settlers carrying out retaliatory attacks against Palestinians in the wake of Saturday’s attack.
Along with the division commander and the commander of the Samaria Brigade, IDF Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Herzi Halevi arrived at the scene of the attack in Huwara on Saturday.
There was a preliminary investigation into the attack. The chief of staff was shown the placement of forces and blockades in the region as well as the intelligence operations to capture the terrorist during the commanders’ evaluation of the situation.