Bullet fired from West Bank smashes window next to baby in northern Israeli village

Gunshot hits home in Ram-On, a community also recently targeted by a rocket, sparking fears of escalation among residents

Illustrative: Israeli troops operate in the West Bank, early August 15, 2023. (Israel Defense Forces)
Illustrative: Israeli troops operate in the West Bank, early August 15, 2023. (Israel Defense Forces)

A bullet fired from the West Bank overnight smashed through a window in an Israeli village, narrowly missing a baby, Friday reports said.

The bullet hit a home in Ram-On, a farming community adjacent to the northern West Bank security barrier.

Residents of the settlement reported hearing a gunshot overnight, prompting security guards and IDF troops to sweep the area.

A family then reported that the bullet hit a window above a sleeping baby’s bed. A photo from the scene showed shards of glass in a crib, but the child was not hurt.

The Israel Defense Forces had not identified the source of the gunfire as of Friday evening. No shell casings were found by troops in the area, and the army was probing if the shot was errant.

A military spokesperson told the Times of Israel that the incident was still being investigated.

Ram-On’s community manager, Erez Dior, said the area had been quiet since the separation fence went up 20 years ago, but that the security situation had recently deteriorated, sparking fears among residents.

“This is definitely an escalation. We hear gunfire and reports of Palestinians attempting to fire rockets,” Dior said, according to the Walla news site. “This raises concerns. There’s a fear that the area will become like the area around Gaza.”

Last month, Palestinians in the northern West Bank attempted to launch a homemade rocket at Ram-On.

It was at least the seventh attempt by a group calling itself the al-Ayyash Battalion — apparently named for a notorious Hamas bombmaker killed by Israel — to fire rockets at Israeli towns and West Bank settlements in recent months.

The group said it had launched a rocket from the Jenin area at Ram-On. There were no reports of damage or injuries as a result of the launch. It was unclear how far the projectile flew.

Violence has surged across the West Bank over the past year and a half, with a rise in Palestinian shooting attacks against Israeli civilians and troops, near-nightly arrest raids by the military, and an uptick in revenge attacks by extremist Jewish settlers against Palestinians.

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