search

IDF says it thwarted West Bank shooting, would-be Palestinian gunman killed

Second Palestinian suspect seriously wounded by Israeli fire after one of them allegedly pulls out a gun at Tapuah Junction, site of a recent deadly terror attack

Israeli soldiers stand by the Palestinian vehcile from which two suspects allegedly attempted to commit a shooting attack at Tapuach Junction in the West Bank on May 11, 2021. (Screenshot)
Israeli soldiers stand by the Palestinian vehcile from which two suspects allegedly attempted to commit a shooting attack at Tapuach Junction in the West Bank on May 11, 2021. (Screenshot)

Two Palestinian suspects were shot near the Tapuah Junction in the West Bank on Tuesday after they apparently attempted to open fire toward Israeli soldiers stationed in the area, the military said.

The two suspects arrived at the junction in a car, opened the window, as one pulled out a handgun, the Ynet news site reported. The soldiers opened fire toward the suspects, killing one and seriously wounding the other.

The wounded suspect was taken to a hospital in serious condition, Rescuers Without Borders, a Jewish emergency service operating in the West Bank, said.

Both were members of Palestinian intelligence services, a Palestinian security source told AFP, without giving further details.

Last week, a Palestinian terrorist opened fire toward Israeli civilians at the junction, resulting in the death of 19-year-old yeshiva student Yehuda Guetta, and the injury of two others.

Yehuda Guetta, 19, was killed in a drive-by shooting in the West Bank (courtesy)

During that attack, soldiers from the IDF’s Givati Brigade who were at the scene returned fire, hitting the vehicle used and the terrorist driving it. Despite being shot, the gunman fled the scene, ditching the car used in the drive-by shooting in the nearby town of Aqraba where it was torched by locals as soldiers arrived to seize the vehicle.

The suspect was arrested days later in the central West Bank village of Silwad, shortly after Guetta succumbed to his wounds.

Last Friday, three Palestinians opened fire toward a Border Police base in Israeli territory near the northern West Bank, with two of the attackers killed and one wounded when officers on the scene returned fire. The assailants were believed to be headed toward Jerusalem to carry out a terror attack in the city but were halted by Israeli security forces.

The attack on Tuesday came amid renewed fighting between Israel and Gaza terror groups, with hundreds of rockets fired from the enclave since Monday night, killing two women in the southern city of Ashkelon. The IDF has responded with airstrikes on Gaza, killing 28, including 18 it says were Hamas fighters.

Palestinian terror groups have tied the attacks to the unrest in Jerusalem connected to both prayer on the Temple Mount during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and the pending eviction of a number of Palestinian families from their homes in East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

read more:
comments
Never miss breaking news on Israel
Get notifications to stay updated
You're subscribed