4 Israelis killed in shooting attack
Initial report: At least four Israelis murdered in West Bank shooting attack Tuesday evening ahead of resumption of peace talks in Washington; security forces, rescue services rush to scene of attack in Gush Etzion area
Lethal terror attack: At least four Israelis were murdered in a shooting attack in the Hebron region Tuesday night.
The victims are apparently members of the same family. Ambulance service officials the victims include two men aged about 25 add 40, as well as two women of the same ages, one of them pregnant.
According to initial reports, an Israeli vehicle traveling in the area came under fire directed at it from a passing vehicle at the Beni Naim junction on Highway 60, between Hebron and Kiryat Arba.
More than one terrorist apparently took part in the attack, which security officials said was a well-planned ambush. Channel Two said the attackers apparently confirmed the death of the Israeli victims before fleeing the scene.
The victims’ death was pronounced by medical personnel at the scene. One of the victims was a preganat woman, officials confirmed
Palestinian security forces were also informed of the attack, which took place just as the Ramadan fast was ending, and are looking into the incident. A Palestinian security official said that a Hamas cell is believed to be behind the lethal attacks. He noted that the last attack in the Hebron region, which left an Israeli police officer killed, was also the work of Hamas.
Following the attack, security forces across the nation were ordered to go on the highest alert ahead of the possibility of further attacks.