One Israeli was officially proclaimed dead at Tel HaShomer Hospital on Friday after being critically wounded in a shooting attack along a dirt road near the Israeli settlement of Dolev in the West Bank.
Two 25-year-old Israelis were traveling in the area inside a vehicle when a Palestinian signaled for them to stop as if to ask for help before firing on them from point-blank range. Magen David Adom and a large number of IDF troops were rushed to the area which was cordoned off as searches began for a suspect.
Magen David Adom confirmed that both of the victims were evacuated for medical care at Tel HaShomer hospital, one in critical condition by helicopter and one by ambulance.
Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says the exact circumstances of the shooting are unclear but that police suspect it was a “terror attack.”
Two Border Police officers – a man and a woman – were wounded last month in a vehicular terror attack in Jerusalem, on the ascent to the Mount of Olives. If proved to have been nationalistically motivated, Friday’s attack would be the first on Israelis in the last month.