East Jerusalem man killed in West Bank terror shooting

Forces launch manhunt, setting up roadblocks in Ramallah area following attack; victim identified as 33-year-old resident of Beit Hanina neighborhood

The scene of a terror shooting attack on the West Bank's Route 465 on January 7, 2024 (Magen David Adom); Inset: An image of Amar Mansour, 33, killed in the attack (Courtesy)
The scene of a terror shooting attack on the West Bank's Route 465 on January 7, 2024 (Magen David Adom); Inset: An image of Amar Mansour, 33, killed in the attack (Courtesy)

An East Jerusalem man was shot to death in a West Bank terror attack north of Ramallah Sunday morning, as tensions in the restive territory continued to spiral.

Military forces launched a large manhunt for suspects and set up roadblocks around Ramallah following the shooting on Route 465 east of the Ateret settlement.

The Israel Defense Forces determined the deadly shooting was a terror attack, it said in a statement.

The victim was later identified by media as Amar Mansour, a 33-year-old resident and father of two from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina.

In the footage, he could be seen slumped in the driver’s seat of a silver Volkswagen on the winding road, with several bullet holes punched through the windshield.

He was declared dead at the scene, the Magen David Adom rescue service said.

A 42-year-old woman, a pharmacist at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Medical Center, was seriously injured in the attack after attending a Christmas celebration in Ramallah and was taken to a hospital in the city by passing Palestinian medics.

She was then transferred to Hadassah, where she is undergoing treatment for internal in her neck and face, the hospital said in a statement.

The shooting occurred between Ateret and the junction with Route 60, the West Bank’s main north-south artery, in an area named for an old British police station.

The shooting would appear to be the first deadly attack in the West Bank since November, though there have been a number of attempted attacks in that period. On December 31, two guards were injured in a stabbing at the entrance to the Mishor Adumim industrial zone, during which the assailant managed to grab a semi-automatic rifle.

It was also the latest of a series of incidents outside the northern quadrant of the West Bank, where much of the violence has been concentrated in recent years. Army raids have largely focused on Jenin, Nablus and Tulkarem, where they have attempted to uproot terror movements that had gained footholds.

People look at a pool of blood where 6 Palestinians were killed during an Israeli raid in Jenin in the West Bank on January 7, 2024. (Zain JAAFAR / AFP)

Overnight, a Border Police officer was killed and three others injured when an explosive hit their vehicle during a raid in the Jenin refugee camp.

During the extraction of the wounded officers, an attack helicopter carried out an airstrike against a group of Palestinian gunmen hurling explosives at troops, the Israel Defense Forces said.

Six Palestinians were killed in the strike, the Palestinian Authority health ministry in Ramallah said.

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