Settlement security vehicle comes under fire in northern West Bank; no injuries

At least three bullets hit car conducting patrol around Shavei Shomron, causing slight damage; IDF hunts for gunmen

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

Illustrative: Israeli soldiers operate in the West Bank, August 24, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)
Illustrative: Israeli soldiers operate in the West Bank, August 24, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)

An Israeli security vehicle came under fire Friday night near the West Bank settlement of Shavei Shomron, the military said.

No one was injured in the attack, though the car belonging to the settlement’s security team was damaged.

The IDF said it was searching for the shooter or possible shooters.

According to Kan news, the car was hit by three bullets from the direction of the Palestinian town of Deir Sharaf, and a total of four shell casings were found nearby.

The report said the driver was conducting a patrol along a road that circles the settlement.

Shavei Shomron is located in the northern West Bank, northwest of Nablus. The area has seen an uptick in shooting attacks in recent months.

The incident came amid escalated tensions in the West Bank, with Israeli security forces stepping up arrest raids and operations following a deadly wave of terror attacks against Israelis that left 19 people dead earlier this year.

Last Saturday night, an Israeli bus came under fire in the central West Bank. The shots were fired from the Palestinian town of Silwad at a bus traveling along Route 60, the West Bank’s main north-south highway, near the Ofra settlement, according to the IDF.

The bus was full at the time of the attack and at least eight bullet holes were found on the bus’s windows and body. Nobody was hurt.

On Thursday morning, two Palestinians suspected of “terror activities” were arrested in Silwad, the IDF said. The pair were being questioned over their involvement in the shooting attack.

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