One Israeli dead, two wounded in West Bank shooting

Their car came under gunfire near the Shavei Shomron settlement, in the northern West Bank near the city of Nablus



Members of the Israeli security forces surround a truck near the settlement of Shavei Shomron, that was brought to the scene to carry away a car in which three Israelis came under gunfire. — AFP
Members of the Israeli security forces surround a truck near the settlement of Shavei Shomron, that was brought to the scene to carry away a car in which three Israelis came under gunfire. — AFP

By AFP

Published: Fri 17 Dec 2021, 1:10 AM

An Israeli man was killed and two wounded on Thursday when their car came under gunfire near a settlement in the Israel-occupied West Bank, medics said.

The Magen David Adom rescue service said medics unsuccessfully worked to revive a passenger in the car’s back seat who was unconscious after getting shot.

“Paramedics had to pronounce his death on the way to the hospital,” Magen David Adom said in a statement, adding that two other men who were riding in the car suffered “mild” injuries from glass shards and were taken to hospital.

Medics said the shooting occurred near the Shavei Shomron settlement, in the northern West Bank near the city of Nablus.

The Israeli army said troops were searching the area for suspects.

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The official Palestinian news agency Wafa said Israeli soldiers blocked entrances to Nablus following the attack, with hundreds of Palestinian drivers stuck on the roads.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett denounced the “horrific” attack, in a statement released by his office.

“Security forces will get their hands on the terrorists very soon and we’ll ensure that justice is served,” he added.

Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz extended his condolences “to the family of the terror victim”.

The shooting follows a string of attacks in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Last week, Israeli police arrested a 14-year-old Palestinian girl on suspicion of stabbing her neighbour, an Israeli Jewish resident of a settlement in a contested neighbourhood of east Jerusalem.

Thursday’s attack also comes as Israel’s ideologically divided coalition government faces internal tension due to the question of violence inflicted by settlers on Palestinians.

Rights groups say violent attacks by settlers on Palestinians have increased, with little consequences for the perpetrators.

On Monday Minister of Public Security Omer Bar-Lev said he had discussed “settler violence and how to reduce tensions in the area and strengthen the Palestinian Authority” in a meeting with the US State Department’s Under Secretary for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland.


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