Days of Palestine

Sunday, February 5

Israeli Occupation Forces Shot at Israeli Settlers After Mistaking Them for Palestinians

M.Y | DOP -

Israeli occupation forces fired at security guards from an illegal West Bank settlement this week after mistakenly identifying them as Palestinians, Israeli television reported Friday.

According to the Kan public broadcaster, Israeli occupation forces at a post near Ofra received a report that Palestinians were hurling rocks at Israeli vehicles on the main highway running through the West Bank.

The occupation forces then saw two figures on the side of the road who they believed to be throwing rocks and then radioed in for permission to open fire, but got no answer, the report said.

A minute later, one of the soldiers then fired toward the unidentified pair in apparent contravention of the Israeli military live fire protocols, while his commander shot in the air twice after approaching them.

The two figures were later identified as Israeli settlers from the illegal settlement of Ofra. The Israeli occupation told Kan in response that the occupation forces immediately stopped firing upon being told on the radio who the two were.

The Israeli occupation said it was investigating the incident, which came amid a months-long escalation in violence in the West Bank.

Since the beginning of this year, the Palestinian Territories have witnessed major escalations, as the Israeli army is carrying out continuous raids into cities and camps in the West Bank.