Palestinians open fire on settlement south of Jerusalem – IDF

No injuries or damage as shots fired from car at entrance to Kibbutz Migdal Oz; army closes entrance to nearby Palestinian village in search for perpetrators

Illustrative: IDF soldiers during an arrest raid in the central West Bank on February 23, 2017. (Israel Defense Forces)
Illustrative: IDF soldiers during an arrest raid in the central West Bank on February 23, 2017. (Israel Defense Forces)

Gunshots were fired from a car with Palestinian license plates near the West Bank settlement of Kibbutz Migdal Oz on Sunday night in what the Israel Defense Forces called an attempted terror attack.

The army said there were no injuries, and the shooting caused no damage.

The IDF launched a search for the perpetrator, who sped away after the shooting. As part of the manhunt, the army set up roadblocks at the entrance to the nearby Palestinian village of Beit Fajjar, some eight kilometers (five miles) south of Bethlehem.

“IDF troops are blocking exits from the village of Beit Fajjar as part of the search efforts after the terrorist. Exit permits will be granted in accordance with decisions by security forces,” the army said.

“In addition, troops are continuing to search the area,” the military added.

According to the IDF, the shooting took place near the southern entrance of Migdal Oz.

The kibbutz abuts Efrat in the Etzion Bloc, south of Bethlehem.

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Earlier this month, Israeli security forces closed down a weapons manufacturing workshop in Beit Fajjar.

IDF forces confiscated a lathe from the facility, which was believed to be involved in producing makeshift firearms that could be delivered to terror groups.

On Saturday night, four IDF soldiers on foot patrol were lightly injured when a car with Palestinian license plates ran into them near the entrance to the nearby West Bank town of Husan.

The driver, 21, gave himself up to security forces overnight Saturday and said it had been an accident caused by the town’s curving roads and lack of street lamps.

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