Israeli woman shot dead in West Bank attack: Medics

AFP , Monday 21 Aug 2023

An Israeli woman was shot dead and another man wounded in a suspected shooting attack Monday near the occupied West Bank city of Hebron, Israeli medics and the army said.

Members of Israeli security forces and emergency services stand on the site of a reported attack in southern Hebron in the occupied West Bank, on August 21, 2023. AFP


The incident comes two days after an Israeli father and son were gunned down at a car wash in the town of Huwara, also in the West Bank, amid rising violence in the territory.

The Magen David Adom emergency service said in a statement that a woman was "confirmed dead" after she was hit by gunfire.

It added the man travelling with her was in a "serious condition".

The Israeli army, confirming the death of the 40-year-old woman, said the two civilians came under fire when they were driving.

The "shooting attack was carried out from a passing vehicle on Route 60 adjacent to the city of Hebron toward civilians who were driving in the area," it said in a statement, adding that troops were pursuing the attackers.

The West Bank has seen a surge in violence since early last year, with repeated Israeli army raids, violence by Jewish settlers against Palestinian communities and a string of attacks by Palestinians on Israeli targets.

Saturday's shooting of a father and son in Huwara sparked a massive manhunt in the West Bank as Israeli forces searched for the suspected attacker.

Huwara, a Palestinian town near the city of Nablus, has seen a number of settlers attacks on Palestinian since early last year.

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