The assault comes as Israeli and Palestinian officers maintain talks that intention to de-escalate surging violence within the occupied West Financial institution.
Israel’s ambulance and rescue service stated a 30-year-old man was wounded when the car he was travelling in got here below hearth within the Israeli-occupied West Financial institution on Sunday.
The Israeli army stated it acquired a report of a “taking pictures incident” in Huwara, a city that has been a spotlight of Israeli army raids and a settler rampage in current weeks.
Israeli medics stated a person was shot within the higher physique and was critically wounded, whereas his spouse was flippantly damage.
The Israeli military stated both troopers or one of many injured shot the suspected Palestinian gunman, who was then arrested by Israeli forces.
The taking pictures got here as Israeli and Palestinian officers held talks within the Egyptian resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh in search of to revive calm after a surge in lethal violence within the West Financial institution and forward of a delicate vacation interval starting this week.
Final month, a Palestinian gunman killed two Israeli settlers driving by Huwara. This was adopted by a rampage by Israeli settlers who killed a Palestinian man and torched dozens of homes and automobiles.
Far-right Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich additionally stated that Huwara wanted to be “worn out”, in remarks that have been extensively condemned.
The Israeli-occupied West Financial institution has seen a surge of confrontations in current months, with near-daily army raids and escalating settler violence.
Israeli settler-related violence focusing on Palestinians has reached its highest ranges since 2006, the United Nations advised Al Jazeera.
A every day common of three violent incidents per day has been recorded in 2023, in contrast with two incidents per day in 2022, and one incident per day in 2021.
The assembly on Sunday is the second try by the perimeters, supported by regional allies Egypt and Jordan in addition to america, to finish a year-long eruption of violence that has seen greater than 200 Palestinians killed by Israeli hearth and greater than 40 Israelis and three Ukrainians killed in Palestinian assaults.
Over the previous yr, Israeli forces have additionally made hundreds of arrests within the West Financial institution.
The continual lethal army raids have raised questions concerning the prospects of holding conferences between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, which governs restricted elements of the West Financial institution.
The earlier assembly in Jordan late final month ended with an settlement to de-escalate tensions. It was rapidly derailed by a number of new bursts of violence, together with an Israeli raid in Nablus that killed 11 Palestinians, making expectations for the second installment low.
Sunday’s taking pictures additional lowered these expectations. Nonetheless, mediators need to ease tensions forward of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which is predicted to start this week and which coincides subsequent month with the Jewish vacation of Passover.
The Palestinian delegation will take part tomorrow within the Sharm Al-Sheikh assembly, with regional and worldwide presence. To defend the rights of our #Palestinian folks to freedom and independence, and to demand an finish to this steady #Israeli aggression towards us. https://t.co/tZWvTiArHT
— حسين الشيخ Hussein AlSheikh (@HusseinSheikhpl) March 18, 2023
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made no point out of the summit in his weekly cupboard assembly.
Palestinian official Hussein al-Sheikh tweeted on Saturday that the assembly was meant to “demand an finish to this steady Israeli aggression towards us”.