Israeli civilian shot in West Bank drive-by attack

Wednesday, April 11, 2007 |  by Staff Writer  

An Israeli citizen was wounded late Tuesday night when Palestinians fired at the hitchhiker in Samaria near the settlement of Karnei Shomron, southwest of Nablus.

The victim, identified as Benny Cohen, 30, was shot in the leg and taken to the Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva for treatment. Preliminary investigations revealed that the man was apparently shot by a rifle from a passing car.

Cohen's friend, Avi Nas, who was waiting with him, told Army Radio, “We were waiting there for about five minutes. A car drove by, and fired one bullet from a hunting rifle. At first, I didn't realize that they had shot and neither did Benny. He collapsed to the ground and was bleeding profusely.”

“I tried to determine where he was bleeding from, but couldn't,” Nas added. “An IDF patrol happened to be driving by and radioed for an ambulance. Benny started to [become] pale and lost a lot of blood. I called his wife and told her what happened; she is with him in the hospital. I saw him this morning and he is recovering.”

Palestinians reported that Israeli forces arrived at the scene of the attack and began searching the area.

The attack comes in the midst of Israel facing decisions of whether or not to release Palestinian prisoners serving time for involvement in terror.

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