Israeli soldier critically injured by heavy object thrown by Palestinian


JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli soldier was critically injured after being hit in the head by a heavy object thrown by a Palestinian during an operation in the West Bank.

Early Thursday morning, troops were looking to arrest wanted Palestinian terrorists in the Al Amri refugee camp near Ramallah, the Israeli army said in a statement. The object thrown at the soldier was reported to be a large rock or cinder block. He was taken to Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital in Jerusalem in critical condition.

Late Wednesday night, a Palestinian opened fire on Border Police at a checkpoint near Jerusalem. The gunman, identified as a man in his 20s from a village near Bethlehem, was captured and arrested following a chase. He was carrying a handgun and a knife.

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