One Israeli & One Palestinian Killed in West Bank Shooting

12:00 Oct 29 2022 Israel's Kiryat Arba settlement (קִרְיַת־אַרְבַּע قرية أربع)

An injured man is taken off an ambulance at a hospital, following an incident near Kiryat Arba on Saturday night. Credit: RONEN ZVULUN/ REUTERS Published by Haaretz Oct 29, 2022

Ahmad Abu Khaled, injured medic. Published by IMEMC News Oct 29, 2022

Mohammad Kamel Al-Jabari, 35. Published by IMEMC News

Ronen Hanania Credit: Photo courtesy of the family Published by Haaretz

Muhammed Kamel al-Jaabari. Published by Haaretz

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On Saturday night, a shooting attack at the Kiryat Arba illegal colony in the southern West Bank city of Hebron resulted in the death of an Israeli settler and a Palestinian who allegedly carried out the shooting.

Update: The Israeli who was killed in the shooting has been identified as Ronen Hananya, 50, from Kiryat Arba. Another wounded Israeli, in his fifties, remains in critical condition, Israeli sources have confirmed.

A surveillance video released to Israeli media shows the Palestinian walking through the street holding a rifle and shooting before an Israeli car of an off-duty soldier, accompanied by a security agent working for the Kiryat Arba colony, sped toward him.

The car rams into the man at high speed, crashing his body and the car into a wall.

The car then backs away, and an Israeli settler jumps out and fires multiple rounds at the Palestinian now lying on the ground.

The Palestinian has been identified as Mohammad Kamel Al-Jabari, 35, from Hebron city. The army took his corpse after refusing to release Mohammad’s body to Palestinian medics.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said its medics rushed to the area to provide essential aid to Mohammad, but the soldiers fired many live rounds at their ambulance, wounding a medic, Ahmad Abu Khaled, who was shot with a live round in the shoulder, and causing damage to the ambulance.

In addition to the Israeli man and the Palestinian man who were killed, an Israeli medic with the medical association Magen David was injured in the attack and was brought to the Israeli hospital in Shaare Tzedek Medical Center.

Another Palestinian was also wounded with gunshot fire. He was only identified as a 37-year-old man, and his injuries were described as moderate.

Israeli daily Haaretz said three Israelis, including the son of the man who was killed, where taken to Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem.

It added that the seriously wounded man 50-year-old Israeli man remained in a critical condition until he succumbed to his wounds.

Haaretz also said that a fourth Israeli, Ofer Ohana, a Magen David Adom medic, was transferred to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center where he remained unconscious and on life support.

Initial reports claimed that the attack appeared to target the home of right-wing Israeli politician Itamar Ben-Gvir, who lives in Kiryat Arba, but an Israeli military spokesperson said that this was not a targeted attack on Ben-Gvir but appeared instead to be targeting an Israeli military guard post.
While some Israeli reports claimed Mohammad was a member of Hamas, his family said he wasn’t involved with any party or group and was an Islamic studies teacher and a married father of two children.

His older brother is an officer with the Palestinian General Intelligence, controlled by the Fateh movement of President Mahmoud Abbas, and his middle brother is a member of Hamas and was one of many Palestinians who were exiled from the West Bank to Gaza as part of the Shalit prisoner swap agreement.

Media sources said Mohammad was also receiving treatment for abdominal cancer, which reached an advanced stage.

After the soldiers killed him, the army installed many roadblocks in Hebron and isolated several neighborhoods before storming and ransacking many homes.

Illegal Israeli colonizers also attacked many homes and fired several live rounds at them, despite constant Israeli military deployment in the area and while a military helicopter was hovering overhead.

Just before midnight, the soldiers closed all roads leading to Hebron city, the Al-Fawwar refugee camp, Farsh Al-Hawa junction, Beit Einoun junction, and Al-Fahs junction, and the areas of Al-Harayeq and Khirbat Qalqas.

On October 28, Israeli soldiers killed two Palestinian medics, Emad Abu Rashid, 47, and Ramzi Sami Zabara, 35, near the Huwwara military roadblock south of Nablus, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

Three Israelis Wounded, One Dead, in West Bank Shooting Attack

by Hagar Shezaf, Yaniv Kubovich, and Jack Khoury for Haaretz
Oct 29, 2022 8:21 pm IST
Updated: Oct 29, 2022 9:53 pm IST

One Israeli man was killed and three others were injured, including a Palestinian paramedic, in a shooting attack in the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba on Saturday night.

The Israeli victim was identified as Ronen Hanania, a 49-year-old resident of Kiryat Arba. Hanania's 19-year-old son and MDA medic Ofer Ohana, who is hospitalized in serious condition, are among the wounded.

The Palestinian gunman was rammed by the settlement's security officer's truck while holding an M-16 rifle, and then shot dead by an off-duty military officer after shooting at Israelis outside a store near the Ashmoret checkpoint, footage showed.

According to a preliminary army probe, the shooter entered Kiryat Arba from Hebron via the Ashmoret crossing. The checkpoint was reinstated last May after it was closed during the second Intifada in 2002.

The shooter was identified as Hebron resident Muhammed Kamel al-Jaabari, according to Palestinian media reports. The army is searching the area for a second person involved in the attack.

Several members of the al-Jaabari family are associated with Hamas. Muhammed's brother was released as part of the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange deal and was exiled to Gaza.

Yisrael Lior, a Magen David Adom paramedic who arrived with Ohana to the scene said that when they arrived they saw a person with a head injury inside a vehicle. "When we went to treat the injured individual we were fired on. I took cover and [Ohana] shouted 'I've been wounded in my hand.'"

Last night, settlers held demonstrations throughout the West Bank following the attack and are blocking several roads for Palestinian movement.

A 37-year-old Palestinian paramedic was also lightly wounded during the incident, the Palestinian Red Crescent reported.

The Kiryat Arba council opposed the decision to open the Ashmoret crossing checkpoint, expressing concern for its residents' safety.

In a statement on Saturday evening, Prime Minister Yair Lapid said that he will be sending more reinforcements to secure the Kiryat Arba area. "We will use all the tools at our disposal, and we will not allow terrorism to defeat us," Lapid said.

On Sunday, a day after the shooting attack, Israel's military prepped the al-Jaabari family home for demolition.

Earlier this month, a resident of the West Bank settlement of Beit El was slightly injured in a shooting. On Thursday, two Palestinians were killed by Israeli army fire after shooting at soldiers at the Hawara crossing. A third Palestinian was critically wounded in the incident.

AP contributed to this report.
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