Footage released by an Israeli human rights group shows Israeli police and soldiers standing by while settlers fire on a group of Palestinians in the northern region of the West Bank. It is unclear which side provoked the incident. One Palestinian was wounded in the confrontation.
The Palestinian Authority demanded an impartial investigation into the incident. Israel Defense Forces said it would investigate the shooting. See a portion of the event caught on camera below. —ARK
The incident was filmed by Palestinians from the West Bank village of Asira al-Qibliya on Saturday afternoon. A 24-year-old Palestinian, Fathi Asayira, was taken to hospital with facial injuries following the shooting.
According to B’Tselem, which uploaded the footage to YouTube, a large group of settlers, some masked and armed, approached the village from the nearby settlement of Yitzhar and began throwing rocks and starting fires. After a group of Palestinians gathered and threw rocks in return at the settlers, Israeli police and soldiers arrived on the scene.
One of the settlers is seen crouching while aiming and then firing his pistol at the group of Palestinians. Two other settlers are seen firing assault rifles.