terrorism in south Hebron hills: a woman died and a man seriously injured by gunfire

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by Ifi Reporter Category:Government Aug 21, 2023

In a distressing terrorist incident that has left a woman dead and a man seriously injured, gunfire erupted on Route 60, near the Sheep Crossing in Mount Hebron. The attack, suspected to be the result of a passing vehicle opening fire on an Israeli car, has sent shockwaves through the community. Tragically, a six-year-old girl was also in the car during the attack. The injured were swiftly evacuated to Soroka Hospital by Magen David Adom (MDA) teams.

Swiftly responding to the situation, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) immediately initiated a search operation for the suspects in the vicinity of the attack. The incident occurred between the town of Yatta and the southern industrial area of Hebron, in close proximity to the headquarters of the Yehuda Brigade. The search efforts are primarily concentrated on the areas surrounding the towns of Bnei Naim, east of the attack site, and Beta, to the south. There is a growing concern that the assailants may have fled toward Hebron's Yatta region.

An IDF spokesperson confirmed the details of the shooting attack, stating that civilians were targeted by gunfire from a passing vehicle near Hebron. Tragically, two civilians were injured in the attack, and the woman succumbed to her injuries. The IDF, in collaboration with MDA forces, is providing medical assistance to the surviving injured individual. Concurrently, IDF forces have initiated pursuit operations and established roadblocks in the area to apprehend the suspects.

Prime Minister Updated

During a visit to the Tel Hashomer Reception and Sorting Base, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was briefed on the incident. Following the attack, IDF forces swiftly set up roadblocks to prevent the assailants from escaping to their hideout. In an effort to assist in the operation, an Air Force helicopter was dispatched to the scene, accompanied by specialized units including the Dovdavan unit and a trace-finding team, which are actively operating in the Palestinian area near Hebron.

Hamas spokesperson Hazem Kassem welcomed the attack, framing it within the context of defending religious sites. Kassem emphasized the ongoing commitment of the people to safeguard Al-Aqsa and its religious significance. Similarly, the Islamic Jihad welcomed what they called a heroic shooting operation, describing it as a legitimate response to perceived aggression against Palestinians by Israeli settlers.

History of Attacks in the Region

The area south of Mount Hebron has been the site of multiple shooting incidents in the past. Frequently, attackers manage to swiftly flee the scene, often making their way to Hebron or Kfar Yatta. This region has seen recurrent incidents, in part due to the presence of well-equipped armed groups and an active Hamas infrastructure.

Magen David Adom Director General Eli Bin expressed deep sorrow over the outcome of resuscitation efforts for the severely injured woman. Despite medical intervention, she tragically succumbed to her wounds. The other injured individual is being transported to Be'er Sheva Hospital in critical condition. MDA teams had worked diligently to provide medical assistance at the scene, including efforts to stop bleeding and stabilize the injured.

As investigations continue and authorities intensify their efforts to locate the suspects, the incident has underscored the challenges of security and stability in the region. The mourning community and authorities alike are left grappling with the aftermath of this tragic event.

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