Netanyahu vows no rest until ‘murderous criminals’ behind shooting attack caught
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Netanyahu vows no rest until ‘murderous criminals’ behind shooting attack caught

PM offers prayers for young pregnant woman shot and critically wounded by terrorist; doctors safely deliver baby, fighting for life of mother

Israeli soldiers and police inspect the scene of a terror attack at the entrance to the Israeli settlement of Ofra in the West Bank, on December 9, 2018. (Ofer Meir/Flash90)
Israeli soldiers and police inspect the scene of a terror attack at the entrance to the Israeli settlement of Ofra in the West Bank, on December 9, 2018. (Ofer Meir/Flash90)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed early Monday that Israeli forces would not rest until they catch the terrorists behind the shooting attack that critically wounded a young pregnant Israeli woman and six others.

“We will not rest until we find these murderous criminals,” Netanyahu said in a video posted to his Facebook page.

“We are all praying for the well-being of the young mother who is fighting for her life,” Netanyahu said, noting that “her baby was saved.”

He also wished a speedy recovery to the six other people, including the father of the baby, who were wounded in the attack that occurred Sunday evening when at least one Palestinian gunman opened fire at a crowd of people waiting at a bus stop outside the Israeli West Bank settlement of Ofra.

The woman, 21, suffered wounds to her upper body and was rushed to Shaare Zedek Medical Center, in Jerusalem, where doctors delivered the baby and were battling to save her life. The baby was in a “stable” condition.

Israeli security and medical personnel evacuate an Israeli woman from an ambulance at the Shaarei Tzedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, after she was was seriously injured in a terror attack in Ofra, December 9, 2018. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

Troops were carrying out searches in the West Bank in a Palestinian town near the site of the attack. The northern entrance to al-Bireh, a town adjacent to Ramallah, was closed in both directions, the official Palestinian Authority news site Wafa reported.

In security camera video of the shooting, posted to social media, a white car is seen slowing down near the bus stop, after which bullets can be seen striking the crowd who scramble for cover. The car, which comes to a stop for a few moments while the shooting apparently continues, then speeds off down the road as IDF soldiers are seen running to bus stop.

The car from which the shots were fired was believed to have at least two occupants.

US President Donald Trump’s Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt on Sunday slammed the terror attack, terming it an “absolutely disgusting” act and calling on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to condemn it.

“Absolutely Disgusting – Terrorists attack a group of Israelis celebrating Hanukkah. My prayers and thoughts are with the victims and their families,” Greenblatt said in a tweet. “President Abbas, will you condemn the act this time??”

The attack occurred on the eighth and final night of the Jewish festival of Hanukkah.

Outgoing US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley also responded to the news of the attack, condemning the Palestinian Authority for their practice of paying terrorists.

“A short time ago, a despicable terrorist fired from a vehicle at Israelis – including a pregnant woman – in Ofra. Once caught, the Palestinian Authority will pay the terrorist a monthly salary, as this is part of the PA’s incitement campaign, which encourages such attacks,” tweeted Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon.

Haley retweeted him, saying “These payments need to stop.”

There was no immediate comment from the Palestinian Authority, which rules most of the Palestinian areas of the West Bank.

The Gaza-based Hamas terror group praised the attack as “heroic” but stopped short of claiming credit for the attack.

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