A father has been killed and three wounded from the same family in a terrorist shooting attack which took place on route 60 in Har Hevron between Beit Hagai and Otniel.
According to reports, the family was driving in the car when the Arab terrorists began to overtake and opened fire. The terrorists then fled the scene in the vehicle prompting security forces to launch a wide-scale search.
Magen David Adom (MDA) paramedics were called to the scene and provided emergency treatment. The 40-year-old mother was evacuated in serious condition to Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center with serious wounds to her upper body. She was anesthetized and artificially ventilated. A 15-year-old boy and a one year old were also evacuated to Ein Kerem in moderate and light condition respectively.
According to Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center, a 13-year-old girl in moderate to serious condition was also evacuated with gunshot wounds to her upper body. A 15-year-old boy was also lightly wounded and is being treated there.
Prof. Avraham Rivkind, the head of Hadassah’s Shock Trauma Unit, stated that doctors examined the photographs of the flipped car, which helped them decide what steps to take in providing medical care for the three wounded Israelis.
The Judea and Samaria District Police have announced that they have closed a section of Route 60 for forensic analysis.
Har Hevron Regional Council head Yochay Damri released a message to the council’s citizens: “Our blood boils; again, we have experienced a shocking murder, and again on the Sabbath eve against a Har Hevron family.
Following the attack, Minister of Transportation and Road Safety, Intelligence and Atomic Energy Yisrael Katz (Likud) has called for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to gather the Security Cabinet to decide on the necessary steps to take against the growing trend of Palestinian terrorism.
Said the minister, “We must understand that we are in an all-out war and act accordingly. We must declare a state of emergency, promote legislation that will enable the expulsion of terrorists’ families and implement serious measures against inciters and those who support terrorism.”
Afterwards, the prime minister announced that the Security Cabinet will convene on Saturday night at 10pm.
The attack is the fourth to have taken place in two days and comes just one day after a deadly attack on Thursday morning, in which an Arab terrorist broke into a house in Kiryat Arba and stabbed 13-year-old Hallel Yaffa Ariel to death.