Two Israeli civilians, husband and wife, have been killed in a terror attack that occurred shortly after 2 pm EST, 9 pm Israeli time, near the Itamar and Elon Moreh communities in Samaria on Thursday.
The Jewish family of six was driving near the Palestinian village of Beit Furik when their vehicle came under heavy gunfire from a moving vehicle.
The four children in the car, who witnessed their parents’ shooting, have been safely rescued. The children, ages 4, 7, and 9 and a four-month-old baby were not injured in the attack.
IDF spokesperson has confirmed the tragic event and stated that “IDF forces are currently scouring the area for the terrorists.”
Israeli Minister, Uri Ariel had stated in response to the event that “this murderous occurrence which orphaned four little children is the direct result of Abu Mazen’s litany of lies last night at the United Nations. The responsibility is his and he must answer for it.”
Earlier today, a 6-month-old baby was lightly wounded Thursday by stones that were thrown by Palestinian rioters at cars near the Tekoa village in Judea and Samaria. The baby was in the vehicle with two siblings and his mother, who was unharmed but treated for shock.
“The stones shattered the windows of the car and glass was scattered all around myself and and my children,” the mother said, the Jerusalem Post reported. “It was very scary for us. People need to understand that stones can kill someone and there needs to be something we can do to stop it.”
In another incident, a woman was injured from glass shards after her car was bombarded with rocks. Last month, 64-year-old Jewish man Alexander Levlovich was killed when Palestinian rioters attacked his car with rocks in Jerusalem on Rosh Hashanah eve.
In recent weeks, Israeli police have been deploying extra forces and arresting rioters in a government-ordered “zero tolerance” crackdown on Palestinian rock and pipe bomb attacks against Jews.