Two Separate Terror Attacks Overnight in West Bank, Jerusalem | Homeland Security

Saul Bowman
December 14, 2018

Two Israeli soldiers were killed and another two critically injured in a shooting attack, reportedly carried out by Palestinians, east of al-Bireh City in the central occupied West Bank, on Thursday noon.

A baby born prematurely to an Israeli mother who was wounded in a drive-by shooting in the West Bank has died, a Jerusalem hospital said in a statement Wednesday evening.

It came hours after Israeli forces killed two Palestinians in the West Bank.

The other Palestinian killed by Israeli forces overnight had been suspected of shooting two Israelis dead two months ago.

Two Israeli police officers were stabbed in Jerusalem and neutralised the attacker with return fire, the law enforcement agency's press service said.

Netanyahu also sent a hostile message to the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, warning that he would not hesitate to violate a shaky ceasefire that was agreed upon in November, according to Israeli media. The attack is the second deadly shooting in less than a week.

Shortly after the baby's death was announced, Israeli troops started firing on a Palestinian vehicle north of Ramallah, which was part of their manhunt to find the multiple suspects.

Two soldiers were killed and at least two other people - including another soldier - were wounded, the army said, with the attacker fleeing.


Eli Bin, head of Israel's Magen David Adom service, told Israeli Army Radio that two people were killed in the shooting at a location about a 10-minute drive south from where Sunday's attack occurred.

Police said it had made a number of arrests in its attempt to hunt down Naalweh and suspected he was planning on carrying out another attack.

The house where Naalwa was killed, located in the northern West Bank refugee camp of Askar, was peppered with bullet holes after the operation, an AFP journalist at the scene said.

Netanyahu asked the Israeli attorney general Avichai Mendelblit on Thursday to facilitate the construction of new residential units in the West Bank.

The attacker, a 26-year-old Palestinian from the West Bank, was shot dead by the officers.

While there was no immediate claim of responsibility, Fawzi Barhoum, a Gaza-based spokesman for the armed Islamist group Hamas, hailed that attack as an "heroic and fearless operation".

Also Thursday, police said an assailant stabbed two officers in Jerusalem's Old City, wounding them lightly.

Israeli human rights organisation B'Tselem released security camera footage that it said proved Israeli forces were not under threat when they shot and killed Ihbali, who was mentally challenged.

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