An Israeli woman is killed and a man seriously injured after an alleged Palestinian attack south of the city of Hebron in the occupied West Bank.
The attacker, according to the Israeli Army, fired from a vehicle at other drivers on Route 60, adjacent to the city of Hebron, and fled. The Israeli authorities maintain that the attack was carried out by a Palestinian citizen who is being tracked down.
The incident, they say from the military spokesperson, is being treated as a “terrorist attack.” Israeli emergency services treated the woman, in her 40s, who died, and the man, of a similar age, who was taken to a nearby hospital.
Shortly after the incident, the Islamist Hamas movement, which rules the Gaza Strip, celebrated the attack and, although it did not claim responsibility for it, said it is the natural response to “Zionist colonization projects in Jerusalem and the West Bank.”
A spokesman for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group described the episode as “a heroic operation that shows the fragility and weakness of the security system” in Israel.
The attack on Monday comes just two days after two Israelis – a 60-year-old man and his 28-year-old son – were killed on Saturday as a result of a shooting attack in the Palestinian town of Huwara, also in the West Bank.
These episodes are part of a prolonged spiral of violence in the area, which is experiencing its bloodiest year since the Second Intifada (2000-2005).
So far this year, 184 Palestinians have been killed in the conflict in the West Bank or on Israeli territory. Most were attackers or militants who died in gun battles with Israeli troops, but there are also civilians, including 33 minors.
In addition, the area has seen the proliferation of new Palestinian armed groups, which carry out more and more attacks and have left 31 dead on the Israeli side, most of them settlers, five of them minors, and three in uniform.
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