Three people were injured, one critically, in a suspected shooting attack at the Tapuah intersection in the West Bank on Sunday night.
Magen Rescue Service David Adom said three people were injured; Beilinson Hospital has confirmed that they are all 19 years old. They were identified as students in a yeshiva in the village of Itamar. Yehuda Geta of Jerusalem is already in serious condition, Benya Peretz of Beit Shean is in moderate condition, and Amichai Chala of Safed is in mild condition.
The Israeli military said it had received a signal of an alleged shooting attack and was investigating the incident. The army suspects the victims were shot by a moving vehicle that fled the scene.
“We received word that a suspicious car had arrived at the Tapuah intersection and that a number of civilians who had been there had been shot at; many people had been injured,” the army said. “IDF soldiers responded by firing on the suspicious vehicle, which fled the scene.” The soldiers are looking for the perpetrators and have set up blockades in the area.
According to Magen senior paramedic David Adom, the victims were at the bus stop at the intersection; two of them are unconscious and the slightly injured victim is conscious.
Magen managers David Adom and IDF worked on the scene to dress their wounds and stop the bleeding, and evacuated two of them to Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva. The hospital said they were currently being treated for their gunshot wounds at the trauma unit. The third victim, who was slightly injured, was later taken to Beilinson.
The Defense Ministry believes that the attack was carried out by a cell that had prepared in advance for the shooting, including arming itself, acquiring a vehicle and finding a place to hide. There were probably two assailants in the car who coordinated the shooting.
The shooting did not resemble solitary attacks on wolves or replicas of the past, and although not yet confirmed, the defense did not rule out the possibility that the attack stemmed from internal conflicts in the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank following the cancellation of the Palestinian elections.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that “we will not allow terror to raise its head and we will strike a strong blow at our enemies.”
Defense Minister Benny Ganz wrote on Twitter that he wished a speedy recovery to “those injured in the shooting at the Tapua intersection and prayed for their health. The IDF and security forces will not rest until they reach the terrorists.”
Yamina President Naftali Bennett wrote on Twitter that “he is praying for the recovery of the wounded in the serious terrorist attack at the Tapua crossroads. We must act decisively when we face terror: the Iron Fist and we continue to seize the land of Israel,” he wrote.
Islamic Jihad celebrates the shooting. “We welcome the attack, which is a message from the Palestinian people that Al Quds [Jerusalem] is a red line, “said a statement from the Gaza-based military group.” Injury to holy sites will lead to an explosion, and this act is proof that the resistance can return to action in the West Bank. “Israel recently removed a crowd of control barriers in front of the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City, a move noted by Palestinians at the site.
Hamas spokesman Abdel Latif al-Kanoa said the organization “welcomes the attack in the Nablus area. It is a natural and invited response to the crimes of the occupation and the support of the Palestinians in Jerusalem.” He added: “This act is proof of the ongoing Palestinian struggle against the occupation of the West Bank.”
David Elhayani, head of the Yesha Settlement Council, said the shooting “Joins two more terrorist attacks in the Etzion bloc, on Friday and this morning. We will not allow these killers to change their daily lives and we will not allow this horror attacks are slipping. ”
On Sunday morning, soldiers said a 60-year-old Palestinian woman tried to stab soldiers at the Gush Etzion intersection in the West Bank. She was shot dead after IDF soldiers called on her to drop the knife and fire warning shots into the air, and she continued to approach them. She succumbed to her wounds on Sunday night.
The woman was identified by the Palestinian media as Fahima al-Harub. Her brother told Haaretz that her mental health had deteriorated and she had tried to take her own life after losing her job at a beauty salon as a result of the coronavirus crisis.
On Friday, a Palestinian tried to stab an Israeli police officer near a West Bank town. The Palestinian began to approach the officer while holding a broken glass bottle. The policeman asked the Palestinian to stop and shot him after he refused to do so.
Ido Efrati contributed to this report.