A husband and wife were killed in a drive-by shooting attack on the road between Itamar and Elon Moreh in the West Bank on Thursday night. Their four children were in the car and were said to be physically unharmed but treated for shock.
The IDF confirmed that two Israelis were killed in the shooting attack, and that its forces were conducting sweeps in the area in an attempt to capture the perpetrators.
“It was a very difficult sight,” said MDA paramedic Boaz Malka. “We saw a car in the middle of the road with a man in his thirties next to it with wounds to his upper body, and a woman in her thirties inside the car also seriously wounded in her upper body. They were without signs of life, and unfortunately we had to declare them dead at the scene.”
A Hamas spokesman praised the attack by the “brave resistance,” calling the murderous act “heroic,” and vowing to continue the struggle against Israel. The organization call for its members to carry out more attacks against Israel.
The Popular Resistance Committees also “blessed” the attack, saying it was a natural reaction to “Israeli crimes.”
The attack occurred a mere hour after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu derided Palestinian incitement from the podium above the UN General Assembly.
Tensions and disturbances in the West Bank and East Jerusalem have been particularly high during the Jewish High Holy Days, even in comparison to many months of sporadic violence.