Palestinian Gunmen Kill Four Israelis Near West Bank
Palestinian gunmen kill four Israelis near West Bank settlement in a fatal shooting incident that also claimed the life of a teenage boy. Two Palestinian gunmen opened fire at a restaurant and petrol station outside Eli, resulting in the deaths of four individuals.
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Palestinian gunmen kill four Israelis near West Bank settlementin a fatal shooting incident that also claimed the life of a teenage boy. Two Palestinian gunmen opened fire at a restaurant and petrol station outside Eli, resulting in the deaths of four individuals.
Four others were wounded, with one in serious condition. The Palestinian militant group Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack, identifying the gunmen as its members.
Hamas, the governing authority in the Gaza Strip and with a network of fighters in the West Bank, characterized the attack as a courageous retaliation to the Israeli operation in Jenin on Monday. They indicated that this incident could be followed by additional actions targeting Israelis, aiming to disrupt their fragile state and make the lives of their soldiers and settlers unbearable.
During the assault, one of the attackers was killed at the scene by an armed civilian, while the other escaped in a stolen vehicle. However, Israeli forces later located the second gunman in the town of Tubas and neutralized him.
According to the statement of 28-year-old Morel Nicker, who is part of Eli's security team, from his hospital bed:
When I got to the gas station I saw the terrorist, I saw him going to a car in which a man was sitting. He shot a round at him. I shot him, he shot me. I didn't stop shooting until he stopped moving.- Morel Nicker, Eli's security team
Israeli Prime Minister expressed outrage over the "shocking and abhorrent terrorist attack" and stated that all options were being considered in response to the incident. Recent days had witnessed increased violence throughout the West Bank, with this attack exacerbating tensions.
The shooting occurred on Highway 60, a major road between Ramallah and Nablus, just south of Eli. According to Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari, spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), the two assailants arrived by car from the village of Urif, situated approximately 10 kilometers (6 miles) to the north. They initiated gunfire at a roadside hummus restaurant, killing three civilians, and subsequently shot another civilian in the petrol station's forecourt.
Upon arriving at the scene, medical personnel from the Magen David Adom (MDA) ambulance service encountered a complex situation. Paramedic Motty Dahan mentioned that they treated seven victims who had suffered gunshot wounds.
We performed medical checks and began providing medical treatment, three of the victims were evacuated in MDA MICUs [Mobile Intensive Care Units] to hospital, and unfortunately four of the victims were pronounced dead.- Paramedic Motty Dahan from the Magen David Adom (MDA) ambulance service
Israeli media has identified the victims of the attack near the settlement in the occupied West Bank. The deceased individuals were 18-year-old Elisha Antman and 63-year-old Ofer Fairman from Eli, 17-year-old Nachman Mordoff from the Ahiya settler outpost east of Eli, and 21-year-old Harel Masoud from Yad Binyamin, a town in central Israel.
This incident marks the highest number of Israeli casualties since a Palestinian attacked a synagogue in occupied East Jerusalem in January, resulting in the deaths of seven people. The loss of life in these attacks underscores the tragic toll and the ongoing cycle of violence between Israeli and Palestinian communities.
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement:
From the depths of my heart, I send condolences to the families of those who were murdered, may God avenge them, and on behalf of the entire people, I send my best wishes for a swift recovery to the wounded.- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
"I would like to remind all those who seek to harm us: All options are open. We will continue to fight terrorism with full force and we will defeat it," he added.
Hazem Qassem, a spokesperson for Hamas, stated that the shooting incident was a response to what they perceived as Israeli crimes in Jenin refugee camp the day before. Israeli forces conducted a raid in the camp, resulting in the deaths of seven Palestinians, including a 15-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl named Sadil Ghassan Turkman, who succumbed to her injuries on Wednesday morning. Additionally, more than 90 Palestinians were wounded in the incursion, while several Israeli soldiers were also injured.
Following the attack in Eli, groups of Israeli settlers engaged in acts of violence in nearby Palestinian towns and villages. These settlers reportedly threw rocks and set fire to vehicles, properties, and olive groves. The escalation of hostilities underscores the tense and volatile situation in the region, with retaliatory actions perpetuating a cycle of violence between Israeli and Palestinian communities.
According to Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official in the Nablus region, a total of 140 cars were either damaged or set on fire, and 34 Palestinian civilians sustained injuries from rubber bullets and tear gas canisters fired by Israeli troops while attempting to defend themselves against the settlers. These details were reported by Wafa news agency.
Simultaneously, right-wing parties within Israel's coalition government exerted pressure on Prime Minister Netanyahu to initiate a large-scale military operation in the northern West Bank as a response to the recent wave of Palestinian attacks.
Itamar Ben-Gvir, the National Security Minister, called for measures such as targeted airstrikes, demolition of buildings, the establishment of roadblocks, the expulsion of terrorists, and the implementation of the death penalty for terrorists.
Since the beginning of the year, over 160 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces or settlers in the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip. This figure encompasses both militants and civilians.
On the Israeli side, 27 individuals have lost their lives in attacks or apparent attacks by Palestinians. Among the casualties, there were two foreigners, a Palestinian worker, and the rest were civilians, with the exception of one off-duty soldier and a member of the Israeli security forces. These statistics highlight the loss of life on both sides of the conflict, emphasizing the impact on innocent civilians caught in the midst of the escalating violence.