An Israeli settler shot and seriously injured a young Palestinian man on Sunday morning in the Wadi Sair area near the illegal Israeli settlement bloc of Gush Etzion, southeast of Bethlehem, Palestinian security sources said.
The settler claimed, according to Israeli reports, that a Palestinian attacked him with a knife.Palestinian security sources said that an Israeli settler shot 20-year-old Azzam Azmi Shalalda four times while he was in his agricultural field, after the actual person suspected of carrying out the alleged attack had reportedly already fled the scene.
After the shooting, Shalalda was evacuated to al-Mamoon clinic in Sair for first aid, before he was taken to al-Ahli Hospital in Hebron.
Medics say he is in a critical condition. Shalalda is from a town called Sair, east of Hebron.
An Israeli army spokesperson said a Palestinian suspect attacked a 40-year-old Israeli after the Israeli man had stepped out of his car to confront Palestinians who were allegedly throwing stones at passing vehicles.