By Saed Bannoura
IMEMC News: Late Saturday night, a nine-year old girl was shot and injured while standing outside her home in the Israeli settlement of Psagot, located next to the Palestinian village of el-Bireh, in the central West Bank.
[Psagot settlement (image by ARIJ)]
The child, identified as Noam Glick, was taken to an Israeli hospital, where she is listed in stable condition. She was hit by a single shot fired from a homemade weapon. The weapon was left by the assailant at the scene.
The assailant has not been apprehended, and Israeli police say they have no leads in the case. But the Israeli military has stormed the village of El Bireh and surrounding areas in the hours since the attack, and have detained and interrogated a number of residents.
Like in the shooting of an Israeli solider two weeks ago, the police and military intelligence say they had no advance warning that an attack was going to take place.
The police say this was likely an unplanned attack by a single, probably mentally unstable, assailant who acted without coordination with any armed resistance.
Following the wounding of the child, Israeli settlers stormed al-Jalazun refugee camp north of Ramallah and began throwing stones at villagers, and vandalizing Palestinian cars.