Friday, 12 December 2014

Palestinian hitchhiker shot after throwing acid at settler family


BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian man was shot on Friday after throwing acid at a car of settlers after being picked up as a hitchhiker near Bethlehem, Israel's army and media said.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said that a vehicle carrying a family of five picked up a hitchhiker near the tunnel checkpoint between Bethlehem and Jerusalem.

The passenger then threw acid on the family, which included four young girls, and attempted to attack the father with a screwdriver before fleeing the car, the spokeswoman said.

Israeli news site Ynet said three young children aged 8-10 suffered light burn wounds and a 40-year-old man suffered burns to his face and eyes.

Another Israeli civilian shot the suspect in the leg as he fled, the Israeli spokeswoman added. more

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