Yerushalayim (Ilana Messika/TPS) – A resident of Itamar shot and killed a young Palestinian man and injured another after his vehicle was pelted with rocks, terrorists tried forcing open his car door and his vehicle was blocked by a Palestinian ambulance (see videos below). The incident occurred during a riot today by around 200 Palestinians near the town of Huwara in Shomron.
The Palestinian Health Ministry reported that Muataz Thaya, a 23-year-old resident of the town of Beita, suffered critical injuries and then died of his wounds. The IDF confirmed the report. In addition, Majidi Shatya, an Associated Press photographer, sustained a moderate hand injury.
The legal organization Honenu is representing the shooter. According to the organization, he is a married social worker and father of six who was on his way home from buying groceries at the Rami Levy supermarket before being trapped in his car by the rioting Palestinians in Huwara. The shooter was detained following the incident. He claimed that he was in mortal danger and fired in the air in self-defense.
“Our client and his family are having a tough time after the traumatic event,” the Honenu organization said. “It is a miracle that our client was not killed.”
Several passengers inside the shooter’s vehicle were treated for shock by military and civilian medics at a nearby IDF training base.
IDF forces used riot-control measures to disperse the crowd after the shooting and proceeded to block the road to Huwara from both directions.
Another rock-throwing attack took place later on Route 60 near the Palestinian village of Silwad, close to Ofra. IDF forces stationed nearby pursued the culprit who fell as a result and sustained moderate wounds to the head. The security forces arrested him and provided him with first-aid.
Another incident similar to that in Huwara took place a day earlier when a resident of Yehudah and Shomron opened fire after he was attacked with rocks near Silwad.
“I am very appreciative of the IDF and its commanders, but considering the escalation in terror attacks in Yehudah and Shomron lately, it seems that the IDF forces have been totally unable to secure the roads or to prevent the disruption of normal life,” said Jewish Home MK Moti Yogev.
“It seems more like the IDF has been restrained from acting in response to the increase in terrorism, and civilians who then must protect themselves are arrested and their weapons are confiscated,” continued Yogev. “I have requested to convene an urgent Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee meeting to investigate this state of affairs in order to receive explanations about the defense establishment’s handling of this wave of terror.”
Forward video to 1:10 to see ambulance blocking the vehicle.
Photos courtesy of TPS