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3 Israelis wounded in the West Bank shooting in ambush

Armed men opened fire on a car that was passing against Israelis at a major intersection in the Israeli-occupied West Bank

JERUSALEM – Armed men in a passing car opened fire on Israelis at a major intersection in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Sunday, injuring three of them, according to rescue and military officials.

The assailants escaped in a car with Palestinian license plates, according to press reports. The military said troops fired on the car. Security forces immediately started a search for the attackers.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack at the Tapuah junction in the central West Bank. Emergency service Magen David Adom said two of the injured were in serious condition and a third person was slightly injured. The emergency service said the three injured were about 20 years old.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said there would be a harsh response. “We will not allow terrorism to lift its head and we will attack our enemies with force,” he said.

It was the most recent violent incident in the West Bank amid continued friction between a growing population of Jewish settlers and Palestinian residents. Meanwhile, the prospects for a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians remain bleak.

The previous Sunday, soldiers shot a 60-year-old Palestinian woman brandishing a knife and advanced towards them, despite warnings to stop. The incident occurred at a major junction in the south of the West Bank.

She later died of injuries at an Israeli hospital, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said.

The Haaretz newspaper quoted the woman’s brother as saying that his mental health had deteriorated and that she had tried to kill herself after losing her job in a beauty salon as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

In recent years, Palestinians have carried out a series of attacks with shootings and cars, most of them attributed to the so-called “lone wolves”.

Palestinians seek the West Bank, along with the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem – territories that Israel also captured in the 1967 Middle East war – as a future state.

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