Palestinian Islamic Jihad gunmen fire at settlement, causing damage to home

Military hunts for suspects in latest attack against Shaked, 10 kilometers west of Jenin in northern West Bank

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Damage caused to a home in the West Bank settlement of Shaked, following an apparent shooting attack, December 23, 2022. (Courtesy)
Damage caused to a home in the West Bank settlement of Shaked, following an apparent shooting attack, December 23, 2022. (Courtesy)

Palestinian gunmen fired a hail of bullets Friday evening at a settlement in the northern West Bank, the military said.

Images from the scene showed slight damage caused to a home in the settlement of Shaked, which is located close to the security barrier, about 10 kilometers west of the Palestinian city of Jenin.

A local wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group claimed responsibility for the attack, but did not immediately provide evidence.

The Israel Defense Forces said one home was damaged by the shooting, which caused no injuries.

The IDF said troops were dispatched to the area to search for the suspects, who fled the scene. The bullets were fired from outside the settlement.

The settlement has recently been targeted several times.

In recent months, Palestinian gunmen have repeatedly targeted military posts, troops operating along the West Bank security barrier, Israeli settlements and civilians on the roads.

The attacks have come amid an Israeli anti-terror offensive mostly focused on the northern West Bank to deal with a series of Palestinian attacks that have left 31 people in Israel and the West Bank dead since the start of the year.

The operation has netted more than 2,500 arrests in near-nightly raids, but has also left 170 Palestinians dead, many of them — but not all — while carrying out attacks or during clashes with security forces.

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