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The suspected vehicle
The suspected vehicle

Palestinians torch car said to be used in West Bank drive-by attack

Torching in West Bank village of Aqraba occurs moments after Palestinian security forces identify the vehicle; condition of Yehuda Guetta, 19, remains critical, while the condition of Bnaya Peretz, 19, is described as serious

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Published: 05.03.21 , 19:24
Palestinians Monday torched a car believed to have been used in Sunday's drive-by shooting at Tapuah Junction in the northern West Bank in which three Israelis were wounded.
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  • The troching occurred after Palestinian security forces found the vehicle in the West Bank village of Aqraba, southeast of Nablus.
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    הרכב החשוד
    The suspected vehicle
    According to images, the car was hit by at least two bullets, one of which shattered the back windshield and the other hit the trunk door, probably from IDF soldiers who returned fire at the scene of the attack.
    Earlier Monday, the IDF decided to beef up forces' presence in the West Bank as searches after the suspected gunmen persisted.
    A military spokesperson said the forces are being bolstered to assist with the manhunt but also for fear of further attacks, which might be carried out in the wake of the cancellation of the Palestinian elections, for which Palestinian officials blame Israel.
    Meanwhile, Petah Tikva's Rabin Medical Center — where the wounded were taken to after the attack — said the condition of Yehuda Guetta, 19, remained critical, while the condition Bnaya Peretz, 19, was described as serious.
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    The third person who was wounded in the drive-by shooting, 19-year-old Amichai Hala, has been released from the hospital, having sustained mild injuries.
    Speaking to Ynet, Hala recounted the first moments of the attack.
    "We were talking to some guys at the bus station and suddenly, I heard a loud noise and gunshots. We laid down quickly on the ground. My back was turned to the terrorists, and only after I laid down did I realize they were shooting at us before fleeing towards Nablus."
    Hala said it was a "miracle" he was only lightly hurt.
    "Very quickly, they started evacuating the wounded and then I realized a bullet hit me in the back. It was only when I was on the ground that I realized it was a terror attack. If I was standing a bit to the right or to the left, my situation would have been different."
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    An IDF soldier at the scene of the shooting Sunday
    (Photo: Yoav Dudkevitch)
    No organization has taken responsibility for the attack but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed there would be a harsh response.
    “We will not allow terrorism to raise its head and we will strike our enemies with force,” he said.
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