- Palestinian hitchhiker shot after acid attack on Israeli family
Palestinian wounds five Israelis in suspected acid attack
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A Palestinian man threw a chemical substance believed to be acid at an Israeli family in the occupied West Bank on Friday, injuring a man and four children, Israeli police and the military said.
The assailant was shot and wounded immediately after the attack, which took place at a checkpoint south of Jerusalem.
Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the attacker had “poured an unknown substance suspected to be acid on a Jewish family.” She said a civilian at the scene shot and wounded the assailant.
The Israeli military said the Israeli man had stopped to pick up the Palestinian as a hitchhiker and then the attack occurred.
The incident comes at a time of heightened tension between Palestinians and Israelis, particularly in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, territories Israel seized in a 1967 war and Palestinians want for an independent state, together with Gaza.