Now that the jihadists have won in Gaza, the West Bank jihad begins to heat up with the courageous drive-by murders of hitchhikers. “3 killed, 5 wounded in back-to-back terror attacks,” from the Jerusalem Post, with thanks to ZK, who sent this in from his home three minutes from the site of one of these attacks. Please pray for his safety and that of his neighbors.
Three Israelis were killed and five were wounded in two back-to-back shooting attacks along Highway 60, a north-south route in the West Bank, on Sunday afternoon.
Al-Aksa Martyrs’ Brigades — linked to the ruling Fatah Party — claimed responsibility for both attacks in anonymous phones calls. The attacks occured as Israeli security services were on high alert ahead of the week-long Succot holiday, which begins Monday night.
In the first shooting, Palestinians in a passing Subaru sprayed bullets at a group of people waiting for rides at the hitchhiking post near the Gush Etzion Junction in Judea, between Bethlehem and Hebron.
The highway is jointly used by Israelis and Palestinians.
Three victims were fatally shot and another four were wounded, one of them seriously, two moderately, and one lightly. Eyewitnesses described blood-spattered backpacks strewn haphazardly at the busy intersection.
All of the victims of the Gush Etzion shooting were evacuated by ambulance to Jerusalem’s Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital, except for one lightly wounded victim who was transported Shaare Zedek, ZAKA medics reported.
Less than an hour later, passengers in a Hyundai opened fire at two residents of the settlement Eli as they walked on the shoulder of the highway near the Eli Junction in the Benyamin region, north of Jerusalem.