[Thursday at night October 10 2013] Israeli daily, Haaretz, has reported that an Israeli reserve officer settler was killed outside his home in the Brosh Habika illegal Israeli settlement in the occupied Jordan Valley.Haaretz has reported that “Palestinians who infiltrated into the settlement attacked the officer, 61 years of age, with an axe”, and struck the man’s wife moderately injuring her; the wife managed to escape and contacted the police.

The slain officer has been identified as Seraiah Ofer; his wife has been identified as Monique.

The wife said that she and her husband heard a noise outside of their home, and were reportedly attacked by “Palestinians carrying an axe and iron rods”, Haaretz said.

The Israeli army initiated a search campaign in the area, installed several roadblocks looking for the attackers, and closed Highway 90 leading to illegal settlements in the occupied Jordan Valley of the West Bank.

Aref Daraghma, head of the Wadi Al-Maleh Local council in the Jordan Valley, stated that the army closed all roads leading to the Jordan valley, including Taiaseer and Al-Hamra roadblocks.

Daraghma added that the army also installed several temporary roadblocks on a number of minor roads linking between Palestinian communities in the area, and installed a roadblock at the northern entrance of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

The army stopped and searched hundreds of Palestinian vehicles, and interrogated the residents while inspecting their ID cards.