The highway intifada returns to the West Bank: Eldad Abir, 48, resident of the West Bank settlement of Migdalim, married with two children, was killed in a shooting attack at a petrol station at the entrance to the settlement, east of Ariel.
About two hours later, Magen David Adom emergency services reported that an Israeli citizen sustained moderate to serious wounds to his neck after being shot near the village of Nebi Elias, east of Qalqiliya. The IDF received an initial report on the incident, according to which the man was apparently hit by shots fired from a passing vehicle.
An MDA team treated the injured man and evacuated him to the Beilinson Medical Center in Petach Tikva.
Scene of attack at Nebi Elias (Photo: Reuters)
Later, an Israeli vehicle hit by a bullet arrived at a roadblock near Qalqiliya. The vehicle's driver claimed that the terrorists who shot at the Israeli citizen in Nebi Elias also fired at him, but he was not injured.
IDF, police and emergency services were reported of the first attack at about noon. Forces were dispatched to the scene and launched searches to catch the perpetrators. Magen David Adom reported the shooting victim, a man in his forties, suffered critical head wounds and attempts to resuscitate him failed. Police believe he was shot at close range.
A Migdalim female resident told Ynet: “It is a small community of about 38 families and people know each other very well. The head of the community’s security told us of what happened and it is very sad. It is relatively calm here. On the Tapuah-Migdalim route there are occasional shooting attacks, but nothing happened lately. The petrol station is not guarded but the community is totally secured.”
“Everyone knew him; he was a great man,” she said of the victim.
Fatah's military wing, Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, took responsibility for both attacks.
“Members of the Hammouda Shatiwi Martyr Brigade carried out the attack to avenge the death of Shatiwi, one of our group’s senior members, at the Balata refugee camp last week,” al-Aqsa members told Ynet.
According to the IDF, two Palestinians were seen fleeing the scene immediately after the shooting.
Hendel: Shooting attack result of support for terror
Knesset Member Zvi Hendel (National Union-National Religious Party) said in response to the Migdalim shooting attack that "these are the results of the support for terror and murder."
"The polls of the expulsion party of Kadima encourage and spur more terror and murder," Hendel said.
Yesha Council Chairman Bentzi Lieberman said in response that "we have returned to the days before Operation Defense Shield, days of anarchy and immediate ramifications on Israel's citizens."
MK Arieh Eldad (National Union-National Religious Party) said that Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz must resign.
"Minister Mofaz, who took trouble to come today to the commission of inquiry into the Amona incidents and lie shamelessly, should quit his job because he is unable to provide the citizens of Israel with security, and is focusing all his power against Jews," Eldad said.
The Yesha Rabbis Council said in response to the shooting attacks that "the recent wave of terror attacks is a direct result of a weak policy, capitulating to the enemy and providing it with an atmosphere of expelling Jews and destructing communities."
"Only an uncompromising total war against the enemy and strengthening the communities and settlers will stop it," the council said.