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Three injured after gun attack on school bus in West Bank


Three people, including a boy, have been wounded in a gun attack that targeted a school bus near the city of Jericho in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, medics and the army there said.

After reports that a militant fired toward “a number of vehicles”, soldiers were sent to the scene near the town of Al-Auja, the military said, adding that soldiers were pursuing the suspect.

The military confirmed a school bus had been targeted.

A 30-year-old man was in serious condition with gunshot wounds, while a 21-year-old man was less seriously wounded and a 13-year-old boy suffered shrapnel injuries, emergency services said.

Israeli public radio said the masked gunman started shooting at Israeli cars at around 7am local time (5am Irish time) hitting a car and a school bus.

Violence has surged in the West Bank since the start of the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza in October.

The war began with Hamas’s unprecedented attack against Israel on 7 October that left about 1,160 people dead.

More than 440 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli troops or settlers in the West Bank since the war broke out, according to the Palestinian Authority, which has partial administrative control in the West Bank.

At least 17 Israeli soldiers and civilians have been killed in attacks there over the same period, the Israeli authorities say.


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