Thursday, 16 November 2023 | Terrorists shot and wounded six Israelis near the “tunnel road” checkpoint between Gush Etzion and Jerusalem on Thursday morning.
Three Palestinian gunmen arrived at the crossing by car and opened fire on Israeli forces, who responded by shooting and killing the terrorists, authorities said.
Police said all of the wounded were members of the security forces.
The terrorists were reportedly part of a Hamas cell and planned to perpetrate a much larger attack in Jerusalem.
Magen David Adom [MDA] emergency medical personnel treated four of the victims at the scene, including a man in his 20s in critical condition, before evacuating them to the hospital. A woman in her early 20s and a man in his 30s were in moderate condition and another young man was lightly wounded.
The other two victims were in light-to-moderate condition.
Shaare Zedek and Hadassah Ein Kerem hospitals each said they were treating three victims for gunshot wounds.
Three additional people were treated for severe anxiety and stress, according to MDA.
The security forces were sweeping the area for any additional suspects.
Police sappers and sniffing dogs ruled out the possibility that an explosive device was left at the scene.
The car used by the terrorists had false license plates, police said.
“The attack proves once again that our concept has failed not only in Gaza, but also in Judea and Samaria,” said Israeli National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir on Thursday.
Last week, an Israeli–American Border Police officer was killed in a terror attack near the Herod’s Gate entrance to Jerusalem’s Old City. Another officer was moderately wounded.
The slain officer was named as Sgt. Elisheva Rose Ida Lubin, 20, from Kibbutz Sa’ad near the Gaza Strip. She immigrated from Atlanta in the United States in August 2021 and was drafted into the police in March of the following year.
The terrorist was killed. He was identified as a 16-year-old resident of the eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya.
Late last month, an Israeli policeman was seriously wounded in a stabbing attack near the Shivtei Yisrael light rail stop in Jerusalem.
On October 12, two police officers were injured in a terrorist shooting just outside Jerusalem’s Old City.
The attacks come amid ongoing fighting sparked by Hamas’s October 7 invasion of the Jewish state in which terrorists killed 1,200 people, wounded thousands more and took some 240 captives to the Gaza Strip.
Posted on November 16, 2023
Source: (Excerpt from an article originally published by the Jewish News Syndicate on November 16, 2023. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See original article at this link.)
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