Palestinian shoots 2 Israelis dead in West Bank attack
A Palestinian man shot and killed two Israelis and wounded a teenager as they were driving in the West Bank on Friday, Israeli officials said, the latest in a nearly two-month rash of violence and almost daily Palestinian attacks on Israeli civilians and soldiers.
Eli Bin from Israel's emergency services said the Friday afternoon attack killed a man in his 40s and a youth of about 18 years of age. Israeli media reported that the attack happened near the city of Hebron and that the two were father and son.
At least one other person, a teenager, was wounded in the attack, Bin said. Israeli media reported that at least two Israelis were wounded and taken to hospital.
The military said the "terrorist fled the scene" after the attack and that troops were searching the area.
Israel's Channel 10 TV said a Palestinian man opened fire from the side of the road at a passing car, killing a man and a woman and wounding a 15-year-old boy.
Hebron, the largest West Bank city, has been a particular flashpoint in the current round of violence. Several hundred Jewish settlers live in fortified enclaves in the city, amid tens of thousands of Palestinians.
The military says that over the past month, Palestinians have carried out dozens of attacks in Hebron alone, including more than 20 stabbings, multiple assaults with cars and other vehicles and several shooting attacks.
In all, since mid-September, 14 Israelis have been killed in Palestinian attacks, mostly stabbings. Seventy-nine Palestinians have been killed, including 50 who Israel says were involved in attacks.
Friday's attack was reminiscent of a similar incident in October when Palestinians shot and killed an Israeli couple in front of their four children, including a four-month-old infant, as the family was driving in the West Bank. Israel's Shin Bet intelligence agency later arrested five Palestinians it said were part of a Hamas cell that carried out the attack.
Palestinian shot by Israelis after hospital raid protest dies from wounds
Also Friday, an 18-year-old Palestinian man died of Israeli gunshot wounds sustained the previous day in the West Bank village of Sair, Palestinian medical officials said.
The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to talk to the media, said the man was shot at a demonstration that followed the funeral of a villager killed in an undercover Israeli raid overnight on a West Bank hospital. Israel said it shot the man after he attacked troops who were arresting a suspect wanted in the stabbing of an Israeli.
There was no immediate comment from the Israeli military.