Israelis killed in West Bank shooting

Pauline Gross
October 8, 2018

The other woman shot in the incident was taken to hospital, where doctors said her injuries were not life-threatening.

The assailant, the military said, had worked in a factory where the shooting took place.

"This was a serious terrorist attack", the military said in a statement. "I am sure we will catch him and bring him to justice soon".

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) identified the fugitive gunman on Sunday evening as Ashraf Waleed Suliman Na'alwa from the northern West Bank village of Shuweika, near Tulkarem.

Meanwhile, Palestinian group Fatah said Israel's denial of Palestinian rights was the cause of such attacks.

Israeli media said the shooter was a former Palestinian worker from the West Bank city of Tulkarem.

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Gaza's Hamas rulers and other militant groups praised Sunday's attack, but none claimed responsibility for it.

Surveillance video from the factory after the attack showed the gunman fleeing down a flight of stairs and then running past shocked onlookers.

At his weekly Cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said they had been killed "with great cruelty".

The Palestinian entered one of the offices in Barkan, which is part of the illegal Israeli settlement of Ariel, one of the largest settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory, and shot at three Israeli settlers from a very short distance. The Palestinian economy is heavily restricted under Israeli military rule, forcing tens of thousands of Palestinians to seek work in Israel as well as Jewish settlements.

Some Israeli media reported the Palestinian suspect had been recently fired from his job at the site, raising speculation the attack may have been motivated by a personal vendetta.

Israel settlements are considered illegal under global law and major stumbling blocks to peace as they are built on land the Palestinians see as part of their future state.

Other reports by GizPress

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