Seven Israelis Wounded, Three Palestinians Killed in Shooting near Bethlehem

The scene of the alleged shooting operation at the Tunnels military checkpoint, near Bethlehem. (Photo: via social media)

Three Palestinians were killed and seven Israelis wounded following a shooting at an Israeli military checkpoint between Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

Israeli occupation forces manning a military checkpoint near Bethlehem shot and apparently killed three Palestinians following an alleged shooting operation, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported. 

Israeli forces said in a statement that three Palestinians had been killed after “a shooting operation that occurred at the Tunnels checkpoint,” located between Jerusalem and Bethlehem. 

The statement added that seven Israelis were injured and that they were transferred to a hospital for medical treatment. According to the Israeli Ambulance Service, one of the wounded is in critical condition. 

Following the incident, the Israeli army sealed off all entrances to the governorate of Bethlehem, the closest to the military checkpoint between Jerusalem and the south of the occupied West Bank, according to WAFA.

The Israeli army also closed the road where the incident took place as Israeli soldiers were deployed on roads leading to several nearby West Bank villages and towns.


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