Unidentified assailants fired at an Israeli car leaving the West Bank settlement of Ma'ale Shomron on Saturday. No injuries were reported, but damage was caused to the car. The police suspect the attack was an attempted act of terror.
The police took the driver's statement, and have launched an investigation. According to an initial inquiry, the shooter used a hunting rifle. The fire appeared to have come from the direction of the nearby village of Azzun.
Local residents told Ynet that in recent weeks, assailants have been hurling stones at vehicles in the area on a daily basis.
Bullet damage on the attacked car (Photo: Gur Dotan)
"The Ma'ale Shomron Junction has turned a hub of hostile activity," one neighbor said. "Residents are attacked with stones every day, and recently have seen Molotov cocktails hurled as well. We expect the defense establishment to take all the necessary measures to put a stop to the trend before lives are lost."
Yesha Council Chairman Danny Dayan, who resides in the settlement, said he passed by the site of the shooting a short while before it took place.
"In a time when (Palestinian President Mahmoud) Abbas
shows respect to the murderer Amna Muna
and hugs (Hamas
Politburo Chief Khaled) Mashaal, it's no surprise that terrorists are coming out of their holes and trying to kill more Jews," he said.