A group of Jewish hikers came under attack on Friday morning in the Hevron region in Judea. The approximately 150 hikers was near the city of Kiryat Arba when Palestinian Authority terrorists opened fire.
The hikers were unhurt. PA sources later reported that one PA youth, a 17-year-old, was killed. A second man was wounded.
The circumstances surrounding the claim of the youth's death remain unclear. “It's still not clear if the hikers fired back at the source of the gunfire,” a local security coordinator said.
PA Arabs claimed that the hikers entered the PA town of Khirbat Safa and began fighting with local Arabs. One Israeli man opened fire, hitting two PA youths and killing one, they claimed in an uncorroborated report..
The incident took place just one day after a group of young PA men attempted to stone a lone Jewish hiker. The hiker, fearing for his life, opened fire and killed one attacker.
In that case as well PA sources accused Jews of entering a PA village and opening fire for no reason; however, an initial police investigation confirms the hiker's version of events.