Two Israelis shot in West Bank
Two Israeli men were hit by gunfire in the West Bank Friday, with one suffering a critical injury and passing away in hospital, and the other lightly wounded. Israeli army spokesman Peter Lerner said a "Palestinian approached a vehicle that was in the area and asked them to stop... and shot the two from close range."
A hospital spokeswoman confirmed that one of the men had died and the other was lightly wounded in the attack that took place near the Dolev settlement, according to Israel's emergency medical service Magen David Adom (MDA), which stated the two were in their mid-20s.
The Israeli army said the two civilians were shot while in a car and were to be evacuated by helicopter to a hospital. An MDA medic who was first on the scene told reporters that one man was shot in the upper body and sustained a critical injury, being found unconscious and without a pulse. The army said it was conducting a manhunt for the perpetrator of the attack, which took place northwest of Ramallah in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
Israeli media said the victims may have been hiking in the area. Authorities had so far not provided any details on who was behind the shooting. West Bank settlements are considered illegal under international law and Israelis have been attacked previously in and near them.
Three Israeli teenagers were wounded by a Palestinian who hit them with his car near the Alon Shvut settlement in the West Bank last month, with the Shin Bet domestic security service saying the perpetrator had confessed to carrying out the attack for "nationalistic reasons."
In April, border police shot dead a Palestinian who stabbed an officer in the southern West Bank city Hebron.