Published: Thu, December 13, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

IDF Apprehends Palestinians Suspected in West Bank Drive-By Shooting

IDF Apprehends Palestinians Suspected in West Bank Drive-By Shooting

In Sunday night's attack, assailants in a Palestinian vehicle opened fire at a bus stop outside a West Bank settlement, wounding seven people, including a 21-year-old pregnant woman, before speeding away.

The IDF killed the son of a West Bank Hamas leader and arrested suspected of links to the terrorist cell that wounded seven Israeli civilians at a bus stop outside of the Ofra settlement earlier this week.

Eli Bin, the head of Israel's Magen David Adom service, told Israeli Army Radio that two people were dead following Thursday's shooting. One of those injured has now died.

Palestinian attacks against Israelis occur sporadically in the West Bank.

A few hours later, Ashraf Naalwa, a Palestinian who was named by the Israeli army as a suspect of murdering two Israelis at the recycling centre where he worked in the Barkan industrial zone of the West Bank, was killed after a two-month manhunt. The Israeli soldiers fired tear gas into the agency's building during the raid. Published by the official Palestinian news agency WAFA, it blamed the recent events on Israel's "policy of repeated raids into cities and incitement against the President, and the absence of a peace horizon".

In the wake of a deadly night, at about 11am on Thursday, four Israelis in their 20s were shot outside the illegal settlement outpost of Givat Asaf in the central West Bank.

The Shin Bet's statement did not say if Barghouti was suspected of being the gunman or an accomplice.

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Additional infantry battalions were sent into the West Bank to defend roads and settlements and to conduct additional searches and arrests, the army said.

The Shin Bet announcement came hours after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed that those who carried out Sunday's drive-by shooting would be found and brought to justice.

The child died "despite the medical efforts of the premature baby unit to save him", the hospital said on Wednesday.

The Islamist Hamas movement, which runs the Gaza Strip, saluted the shooting and in a statement said it proved "resistance" was still alive in the West Bank.

"My heart, our hearts, are with Shira and Avihai at the death of a four-day-old baby who does not even have a name", Netanyahu told foreign media and diplomats in a speech.

The force shot at a taxi in the West Bank town of Surda, north of Ramallah; another passenger was injured and was taken to a hospital in Jerusalem.

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