A Palestinian car was torched overnight Thursday-Friday in the West Bank village of Bitilu in what appeared to be a revenge attack for the deadly shooting of an Israeli couple.
Photos of the incident showed graffiti daubed on a nearby wall reading “Revenge, Henkin,” referring to the killing of Naama and Eitam Henkin in the West Bank Thursday night, with both words misspelled.
Police have launched an investigation into the incident, which took place north of Ramallah.
The suspected nationalistic attack came hours after the Henkins were gunned down between the settlements of Elon Moreh and Itamar, near the Palestinian village of Beit Furik.
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Their children — aged 4 months, 4, 7 and 9 — who were in the backseat of the vehicle were unharmed.
The Israeli family came under fire when they slowed down before making a turn. At that moment, a Palestinian vehicle accelerated toward the family. Two attackers opened fire on the family with a handgun and a rifle.
Both parents were struck multiple times in their upper bodies, paramedics said. They were pronounced dead at the scene.
The couple will be laid to rest Friday morning at 11 a.m. at Har Hamenuhot in Jerusalem, also known as the Givat Shaul cemetery.
On July 31, the Dawabsha family home in the West Bank village of Duma was firebombed, allegedly by Jewish terrorists, killing 18-month-old Ali Saad Dawabsha. His parents died of their severe wounds separately, weeks apart. The only surviving member of the family is Ahmed, 5, who remains hospitalized in Israel. The perpetrators of the attack have not been apprehended.