Three people were injured, two of them seriously, in an apparent drive-by shooting at a bus stop in the northern West Bank on Sunday evening, Israeli authorities said.
Medics said one of the victims was in critical condition and was receiving CPR, while the second seriously injured man was in and out of consciousness.
According to the Israel Defense Forces, the shots were fired from a passing car at the Tapuah Junction near Nablus. Three civilians were hit.
“IDF troops returned fire at the vehicle, which fled the scene. IDF troops are searching for the vehicle and are setting up roadblocks in the area,” the military said.
Medics said the three people injured in the attack were men in their 20s. They were taken to Petah Tikva’s Beilinson Hospital for treatment.
The apparent terror attack came amid heightened tensions in the West Bank after the Palestinian Authority announced it was indefinitely delaying elections planned for later this month, blaming the decision on Israeli refusal to allow PA voting in East Jerusalem. The explanation was widely seen as largely being an excuse to avoid elections that would have likely resulted in a victory for PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s rivals, the Hamas terror group.
Earlier in the day, Israeli security forces shot a Palestinian woman brandishing a knife who the military said tried to carry out a stabbing attack at the Gush Etzion Junction in the West Bank, south of Jerusalem.
The woman, a 60-year-old resident of the nearby village of Husan, approached a group of soldiers with a knife in her hand and tried to stab the troops, the military said. Palestinian media later identified her as Fahima al-Hroub.
A soldier shot her in the leg, and she was taken to Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center in critical condition, according to the United Hatzalah medical organization. There were no casualties among the soldiers, the IDF said.
Footage of the incident published by Hebrew media showed al-Hroub walking toward the soldiers even as they shouted at her repeatedly to stop and fired warning shots in the air.
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