Published: Wed, December 12, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Israel raids Palestinian news agency in hunt for gunmen

Israel raids Palestinian news agency in hunt for gunmen

Israeli police say a driver attempted to strike forces working on "security measures" near the West Bank city of Hebron on Tuesday. But Israel is still trying to catch the suspect in a deadly shooting that killed two Israelis in a West Bank industrial park on October 7. Police say forces opened fire at the auto and that no Israeli forces were harmed.

"The West Bank is taking the initiative today to resist the occupation and to respond to its ongoing aggressions against our people, where the heroic shooting of a group of Israeli occupation soldiers near the settlement of "Ofra" in Ramallah, is an affirmation of the legitimate right of our people to resist the occupation". The Palestinian Health Ministry confirmed the death but did not immediately identify the man.

"Shots were fired from a passing Palestinian vehicle towards Israeli civilians who were standing at the bus station", the Israeli army said.

This morning, the hospital's director said the woman's condition stabilized during the night after surgery, while the baby's condition worsened and was now in critical condition.

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Israeli forces were still searching for the attacker, it said.

Following that attack, Israeli forces carried out raids in the West Bank city of Ramallah in search of the gunmen, including into the offices of the official Palestinian news agency.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed that Israeli authorities would hunt down the "murderous criminals". "Not only will they not be uprooted from their homes, they will build more homes", he said at the event, about a half-hour's drive from the site of Sunday's shooting. Some 600,000 Jewish settlers now live in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, while Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005.

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