by: Kate Norman
Monday, 3 May 2021 | Israel saw two terror attacks on Sunday amid heightened tensions in the Holy Land that left three young men injured.
Three yeshiva (religious school) students were wounded in a drive-by shooting on Sunday at a bus stop in Judea and Samaria.
Security footage of the incident shows a car (with a Palestinian Authority (PA) license plate) pull up to the bus stop at the Tapuach Junction south of Nablus, where several young men, including a soldier on duty, are standing. The car stops, and the men at the bus stop suddenly duck as the terrorist opens fire before driving off—heading toward Ramallah, the de facto PA capital.
Soldiers fired at the vehicle, but the terrorist fled the scene. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) set up roadblocks in nearby areas and is still searching for the perpetrator.
“Additional IDF combat soldiers will be reinforcing the Judea and Samaria Division in accordance with our ongoing situational assessment,” the military tweeted. “We will continue to operate against terror.”
The three victims attended yeshiva at the nearby Jewish community of Itamar. One of the young men was critically wounded, receiving CPR on the way to the hospital; the second was seriously injured, slipping in and out of consciousness; and the third was only lightly injured, the Times of Israel reported.
“I wish complete healing to the wounded in the shooting attack at Tapuach Junction and pray for their safety,” Defense Minister Benny Gantz tweeted. “The IDF and security forces will not give up until they get their hands on the terrorists who carried out the attack.”
Hours before the drive-by shooting, a Palestinian woman brandishing a knife approached IDF soldiers and was shot dead at the Gush Etzion Junction—a popular site for terror attacks.
Footage of the incident shows the 60-year-old woman with a knife advancing toward two soldiers, who shout at her to stop and fire warning shots into the air. Unimpeded, the woman continues her knife-wielding approach.
One of the soldiers shot the woman in her upper body, the Times of Israel reported, and she was transported to a hospital and soon declared dead.
These attacks took place amid the month-long Ramadan holiday (one of the Five Pillars of Islam when stringent disciplines are observed), a catalyst of Palestinian rage and rioting, as well as the recent announcement that the upcoming PA elections are indefinitely postponed. PA President Mahmoud Abbas blamed the “postponement” of the elections—which likely would have brought his 16-year service of a 4-year term to an end—on Israel not allowing Palestinians in eastern Jerusalem to vote. Now Israel, once again the scapegoat for the corrupt Palestinian leadership, is paying the price.
Hamas, the terrorist group in control of the Gaza Strip, praised Sunday’s terror attacks.
“This comes as a natural response to the crimes of the Zionist occupation and an act of support for our people in the city of Jerusalem,” a spokesman for the terrorist organization said in a statement. “This is a legitimate branch of our Palestinian people’s resistance in the West Bank [Judea and Samaria], and we salute the rebellious heroes of the West Bank.”
The IDF has dispatched extra security forces to the volatile region of Judea and Samaria, where they remain on high alert—waiting out the wave of Palestinian anger until the end of Ramadan and the ire of the scrubbed elections dies down.
Update: Yehuda Guetta, a 19-year-old religious school student injured in the terror attack, succumbed to his wounds and passed away in the hospital on Wednesday night. Less than an hour after he passed, the Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security organization, announced that it had apprehended the terrorist who murdered Guetta and injured two others.
Posted on May 3, 2021
Source: (Bridges for Peace, May 3, 2021)
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