Dec. 13, 2018 – Mary Greeley News – In a terrorist attack on Thursday, two IDF soldiers were killed and two others were seriously wounded in the West Bank, just north of Jerusalem.
The shots were fired by a Palestinian who got out of his car and started shooting. He then fled the scene and his car was located by security forces near Ramallah.
Givat Asaf, the site of the attack, is a main junction two kilometers south of the West Bank settlement of Ofra, scene of a similar drive-by shooting on Sunday, in which seven people were wounded.
The dead and wounded were soldiers in their 20s. The two wounded – a male and female soldier – were evacuated to Jerusalem’s Shaarei Zedek Medical Center and Hadassah University Hospital.
The IDF imposed a closure on the Palestinian city of Ramallah after the attack and sent reinforcements to the area, IDF Spokesperson Brig.-Gen. Ronen Manelis said in a phone call with reporters.
“A car stopped at a hitchhiking spot and at least one suspect got out and fired shots towards both civilians and soldiers,” Manelis said adding that the suspect got back into the car before it fled the scene.
It is unclear whether troops at the scene opened fire at the car.
Yisrael Gantz, head of the Binyamin Regional Council where Givat Asaf is located, said: “Terrorism has lifted its head. We will not sit quietly. I demand that the government confront the terror immediately. The first step would be to ban the Arab population from driving on Route 60.”
Soldiers arrest the terrorist.-in-Givat Asaf
Gantz said that Israel needs to break out of the “stuck thinking” and recognize that the country is facing a new wave of terror. “Residents of the Binyamin region will not be ducks in a Palestinian shooting range.”
A.Y. Katsof, director of The Heart of Israel was on the scene shortly after the attack. He said teens were sitting on the sidewalks crying so hard they could barely stand up.
“Very soon, mother’s will be getting calls that their children won’t be coming home,” said Katsof. “Young people’s lives have just been frozen.
“As long as the terrorists think they have a chance to exile us from our land, they will continue to murder,” he continued. “Only when the terrorists understand that murder will get them further away from their goals will it stop.”
The junction where the attack took place is regularly patrolled by the IDF which has large forces deployed nearby. Route 60 is the main highway that crosses the West Bank from Jerusalem all the way to Nablus in northern Samaria.
The attack took place just hours after the IDF located and killed Ashraf Suleiman Na’alwa, the terrorist behind the attack on the Barkan Industrial Park two months ago.
According to the Shin Bet, Na’alwa had been armed when forces arrived to the scene and was planning to carry a second terror attack, “which was prevented with the thwarting of the assailant.”
Na’alwa was killed just hours after a Palestinian suspected of carrying out the shooting attack outside the West Bank settlement of Ofra on Sunday was killed by security forces north of Ramallah in the village of Surda.
He was identified by local media as Saleh Omar Barghouti, the son of senior Hamas member Omar Barghouti from the town of Kobar.