Jewish Settler Badly Wounded in Shooting North of Jerusalem

A 40-year old resident of the West Bank Jewish settlement of Ofra was seriously wounded Sunday in a shooting attack on an Israeli vehicle in E1-Bireh, north of Jerusalem.

The attack took place three days before the second round of bilateral peace talks were scheduled to open in Washington. A similar attack on a bus of Jewish settlers occurred near Nablus, just a few days before the beginning of the first round of peace talks in Madrid. Two people were killed in that attack.

Sunday’s shooting took place just a few minutes before 6 p.m. Shots were fired at a private car that was on its way from Ofra to Jerusalem. The driver, who was not immediately identified, was wounded in the head and rushed to the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center in Jerusalem.

His young daughter, who was in the car with him, was reportedly unharmed but was suffering from shock.

Angry settlers from Ofra assembled at the scene of the attack, protesting “the poor state of security in the area.”

The army clamped a curfew on E1-Bireh and began a wide search for the attackers.

Earlier Sunday, shots were fired at an Israeli soldier from a passing car on the same road, but further north, near the village of Ein Sinya. No one was hurt in that attack. The assailants fled the scene.

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