Palestinian stone thrower killed, photographer wounded in attempted ‘lynch’

In 2nd incident within 24hrs when Israeli shot at Palestinian stone throwers…

Having used an ambulance to block their path and feeling their lives were in danger when mob of Palestinians pelted their car with stones, husband kills one, and injured news photographer already at the scene.
– Wife of the shooter says frenzied mob encircled their car and tried to drag them out.

By Elisha Ben Kimon, Elior Levy, Yoav Zitun

 

A Palestinian man was killed on Thursday after an Israeli settler opened fire on a group of some 200 Palestinian rioters who were hurling rocks and stones at passing vehicles near Huwara in the West Bank.

The shooter, who was taken for questioning shortly after the incident, said that he felt that his life was in danger and claimed that he did not fire directly at the group of rioters, but rather into the air. His wife, who was sitting in the passenger seat next to him, claimed that the rioters attempted to drag her husband from his car to lynch him.

Jewish family pelted by Palestinians throwing stones with photographers at the ready – Photos: TPS

Friends of the shooter—a father of eight from the settlement Itamar—said that he was returning from shopping when he came across a Palestinian ambulance that was blocking his path. A man dressed in medical uniform apparently exited the ambulance and started kicking their door.

According to the shooter, a mob then encircled his car and started pelting it with rocks. Fearing for his life, the settler loaded a gun and fired shots in the air. He said that if he had not fired, he would have been lynched.

“I saw death staring at me,” he said.

The Palestinian health services stated that two were wounded during the shooting, which was confirmed by the IDF shortly thereafter. The first victim was identified as Moataz Hussein Taya, 23, from the village of Bita, who was critically wounded and succumbed to his wounds moments later.

The wounded AP (Palestinian?) photographer – Ynet

The second victim was identified as an AP photographer, Majdi Eshtiya, who suffered moderate wounds after being shot in the arm.

The IDF arrived shortly after the shooting to prevent more casualties and disperse the riot.

This is the second incident within a day in which an Israeli settler is reported to have shot a Palestinian rioter who threw rocks at his car.

 

View original Ynet publication at:
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4963987,00.html

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