The perpetrator of Sunday’s shooting attack, in which three Israelis were injured, is a US citizen, Palestinian reports say. Residents of the West Bank town of Turmus Aya have identified the shooter, who is still at large, as Muntasir Shalabi.
A resident told Haaretz that Shalabi had recently returned from the United States, where he had lived for several years, and that he was in a difficult economic situation after losing money quickly from gambling.
Some members of his family have denied involvement in the shooting at the Tapua intersection. Three 1
Although Shalabi was not detained, residents said a number of Shalabi family members, including his wife, were arrested in Turmus Aya and the nearby village of Akraba, where the car suspected of being used was found. during the shooting Monday.
On Tuesday, the Israeli army said it had arrested several Palestinians suspected of helping the perpetrators after fleeing the scene, but could not confirm that they were involved in the attack.
The Palestinian news agency Shehab reported that a car suspected of being used in the shooting was located near Nablus and that Palestinian security forces were on the scene. After the report, Palestinians arrived and set the car on fire.
The Israeli military also said it was on high alert amid recent attacks in the West Bank. Following the incident on Sunday, the army decided to strengthen its forces in the region, in addition to the already larger presence due to Ramadan.