Terrorist shooting attack in Huwara, south of Nablus, leaves two Israelis dead.
By World Israel News Staff
Two Israelis were killed in a terrorist shooting attack in Samaria Sunday afternoon, just hours after Israel committed to reduce its counter-terror activities in Judea and Samaria.
The attack occurred in the Arab village of Huwara, south of Shechem (Nablus) in Samaria, when terrorists opened fire on a passing Israeli civilian car, then fled the scene.
Magen David Adom emergency first responders and army medics were dispatched to the scene to treat the wounded and evacuate them to the hospital.
Both of the victims were listed in critical condition, but later succumbed to their wounds.
“When we arrived, we saw the two wounded victims lying next to their car, unconscious,” said MDA paramedic Gil Bismut.
“Together with an IDF medical team, we provided first aid in the field, then we loaded the victims onto army ambulances, which evacuated them to the hospital.”
IDF forces were also dispatched to Huwara following the shooting, cordoning off Route 60.
Israeli security personnel have launched a manhunt for the terrorists responsible for the shooting.
“This, unfortunately, was a very serious attack,” Samaria Regional Council chief Yossi Dagan said. “The government must change the paradigm from defense to offense. Terrorists cannot be allowed to open fire on innocent civilians in broad daylight.”
“The absolute arrogance of these terrorists proves that our deterrence has been lost. We must change the live-fire regulations, bring back the checkpoints, and proactively work to hit the Palestinian Authority’s terrorist infrastructure.”
The attack comes just hours after Israeli officials took part in an emergency summit in Jordan, aimed at lower tensions in the region.
During the summit, Israeli officials agreed to reduce its counterterror activities in Judea and Samaria, Yedioth Aharanoth reported.
‘We are giving it a chance,” and Israeli security official was quoted as saying in the report. “We will only act in the face of ticking bombs or an urgent operational need.”
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