Israeli girl wounded in settlement shooting
Published Sunday 06/10/2013 (updated) 07/10/2013 17:37
A general view of Maale Adumim settlement.(MaanImages/file)
JERUSALEM (AFP) -- A nine-year-old Israeli girl was out of danger in hospital Sunday after being wounded in an attack in the illegal settlement of Psagot, near Ramallah.
Israeli police said they were not ruling out the possibility of other motives for what was variously described as a shooting or a stabbing as the girl played in her garden.
"It seems to be a case of a terrorist attack, although at this stage no leads have been ruled out," Israeli police spokeswoman Luba Samri told AFP.
Police had initially said that Noam Blick was in a serious condition after being "shot in the upper part of her body".
But medics at the Jerusalem hospital where she was being treated said on Sunday that her condition was improving.
"Noam has been hospitalized in the intensive care service for children, but she is out of danger, conscious and her state is stable on Sunday morning," a hospital spokeswoman from Shaare Zedek medical center told AFP.
A volunteer from Israel's Magen David Adom emergency services who treated Blick at the scene said that the girl had seen an armed man before the attack.
"A man with his face hidden by a hood and carrying a weapon shot at me," Blick told the volunteer.
The army said it was investigating the attack, and had recovered a weapon from nearby.
"The fence surrounding the settlement was cut and an improvised weapon was found on the scene," an army statement said.
"Security forces are continuing their search in the area to find the suspect, who escaped."
More than 500,000 Israeli settlers live in settlements across the West Bank and East Jerusalem, in contravention of international law.
The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.
Ma'an staff contributed to this report