Israel raids Palestinian village after deadly shooting

09 October, 2018, 02:08 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Israeli security forces search the northern West Bank after a fatal shooting attack in Barkan Industrial Park in the northern West Bank

Two Israelis were killed and another was injured in a shooting attack in the occupied West Bank on Sunday, Israeli media reported.

"In addition, large numbers of troops have spread out throughout the area to conduct searches and checks", the army said. "We know he is still armed and considered unsafe", he added.

Eyewitnesses said that inside he tied the hands of his first victim, 28-year-old Kim Levengrond Yehezkel, before fatally shooting her at close range.

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad militant group called the attack a "natural response" to Israeli crimes in Gaza, Jerusalem and Khan al-Ahmar, a Bedouin village in the West Bank slated for demolition.

Another woman sustained serious injuries and was taken to hospital. Closed-circuit footage from the scene showed a man holding a handgun and wearing a backpack, fleeing down a flight of stairs and then dashing past stunned onlookers.


The industrial zone is located next to the Israeli settlement Barkan and near the settlement of Ariel in the north of the West Bank.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, for his part, vowed to bring the attacker to justice. 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.

Conricus called it a terrorist attack but said other unspecified factors were involved.

"One of the workers was sacked and he didn't like the owner". The military said it was investigating whether the shooter deliberately targeted those who were shot. I don't believe it was one of the Palestinians who just woke up in the morning and took a gun to shoot an Israeli. "The suspect arrived at the industrial park and opened fire at three civilians".

A wave of Palestinian attacks against Israelis broke out in 2015, but they have since become sporadic.

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