Israeli killed in West Bank shooting

12:00 Apr 14 2014 Tarqumiyah

Israeli killed in West Bank shooting Israeli killed in West Bank shooting
Paramedics at the scene of the shooting, West Bank, Passover eve, April 14, 2014. Photo by Rescue Union

Israeli soldier stands guard in front of Palestinian passersby at the scene of a shooting attack near Hebron, April 14, 2014 Photo by Reuters


Israeli army lifts blockade over Palestinian village were shooter is thought to be hiding; attack considered 'one man operation,' no terror group involved.

By Gili Cohen | Apr. 15, 2014 | 1:00 PM

The Israeli army lifted on Tuesday morning the blockade over the Palestinian village of Idna near Hebron, where the suspected shooter behind Monday's attack which killed one Israeli is thought to be hiding.

Road-blocks have been set up around the village, and leaving it is permitted only after a security check.

The attack occurred Monday evening, before the Passover seder, on Route 35 northwest of Hebron. The deceased, a 40-year-old man whose name is still under gag-order, suffered critical wounds but after resuscitation attempts paramedics announced his death. His wife, 28, who was with him in the car, suffered moderate wounds to the upper body and was taken to the Shaarei Tzedek Hospital in Jerusalem.

The couple were heading to the Jewish settlement in Hebron to celebrate the holiday. The shooting also lightly wounded a nine-year-old boy in a nearby vehicle.

According to the investigation, the shooter, armed with an AK-47, most likely stood by the side of the road. However, the possibility that the attack was perpetrated by two shooters is also being examined.

According to a military source, dozens of bullets were fired toward the vehicles. The Israel Defense Forces believe the attack was a "one man operation," meaning it was not part of any terror organization.

The IDF said it "views the incident on Passover eve as very serious" and promised to apprehend the perpetrators. On Friday large army forces arrived at the scene, surrounded the village and combed the area for the shooter.

Hamas and Islamic Jihad issued a statement praising the attack as a "natural reaction to Israeli crimes against Palestinian civilians."

In the past year, five Israelis have been killed in West Bank attacks.

In another incident on Saturday morning, a firebomb was thrown at a Border Police post in a Hebron checkpoint. No one was injured and no damage caused.


BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian gunmen shot and killed one person and injured two others in a car driven by an Israeli settler in the occupied West Bank on Monday, Israel's military said.

The Palestinians shot at the car in Tarqumiyah near Hebron in the West Bank, killing one person and injuring two passengers, according to Israeli news reports.

The victims were in their vehicle at the time of the shooting.

A 40-year-old man, presumably the father, was pronounced dead, while the mother was in serious condition, and the child suffered only light injuries, Channel 2 reported.

Police said Israeli forces were searching the scene for suspects.


Three wounded passengers taken to be treated in hospitals in Jerusalem; security forces surround nearby village.
By Gili Cohen | Apr. 14, 2014 | 7:01 PM

One person killed and three wounded on Monday evening after an armed man opened massive fire on three Israeli cars, according to Israeli Defense Forces.

Large forces have surrounded the nearby Idna village, scanning the area for the gunman. The IDF say "we view harshly this incident on the eve of Passover and we will get our hands on the attackers."

Paramedics treated the wounded passengers and declared the death of a forty-year-old man after several failed attempts at resuscitation. A 28-year-old woman, who suffered medium wounds, and a 9-year-old child suffering minor chest injuries were taken to receive treatment in Jerusalem hospitals.

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