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Palestinians Torch Car Reportedly Used in Drive-by Terror Attack

May 4, 2021
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The drive-by attack took place at Tapuach Junction.

Tuesday, 4 May 2021 | Palestinians Monday torched a car believed to have been used in Sunday’s drive-by shooting at Tapuach Junction in the northern West Bank [Judea and Samaria] in which three Israelis were wounded.

The torching occurred after Palestinian security forces found the vehicle in the West Bank village of Aqraba, southeast of Nablus.

According to images, the car was hit by at least two bullets, one of which shattered the back windshield and the other hit the trunk door, probably from IDF [Israel Defense Forces] soldiers who returned fire at the scene of the attack.

Earlier Monday, the IDF decided to beef up forces’ presence in the West Bank as searches after the suspected gunmen persisted.

A military spokesperson said the forces are being bolstered to assist with the manhunt but also for fear of further attacks, which might be carried out in the wake of the cancellation of the Palestinian elections, for which Palestinian officials blame Israel.

Meanwhile, Petah Tikva’s Rabin Medical Center—where the wounded were taken after the attack—said the condition of Yehuda Guetta, 19, remained critical, while the condition Bnaya Peretz, 19, was described as serious.

The third person who was wounded in the drive-by shooting, 19-year-old Amichai Hala, has been released from the hospital, having sustained mild injuries.

Speaking to Ynet, Hala recounted the first moments of the attack.

“We were talking to some guys at the bus station and suddenly, I heard a loud noise and gunshots. We laid down quickly on the ground. My back was turned to the terrorists, and only after I laid down did I realize they were shooting at us before fleeing towards Nablus.”

Hala said it was a “miracle” he was only lightly hurt.

“Very quickly, they started evacuating the wounded and then I realized a bullet hit me in the back. It was only when I was on the ground that I realized it was a terror attack. If I was standing a bit to the right or to the left, my situation would have been different.”

No organization has taken responsibility for the attack, but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed there would be a harsh response.

“We will not allow terrorism to raise its head and we will strike our enemies with force,” he said.

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 4, 2021

Source: (This article was originally published by Ynetnews on May 3, 2021. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our publication today. See original article at this link.)

Photo Credit: Brenda Groat/bridgesforpeace.com

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