On the same day that Israeli troops killed four Palestinians in the northern West Bank, a shooting attack at a gas station resulted in the deaths of four Israelis and the wounding of four others. One of the Palestinians was shot and killed at the shooting scene, and the other was killed two hours later by Israeli soldiers.
The Israelis who were killed in the attack were identified as Elisha Antman, 18, from Eli colony; Harel Masoud, 21, from Yad Binyamin; Nachman Shmuel Mordoff, 17, from Ahiya, and Ofer Feierman, 63, from Eli colony.
Of the wounded, one was listed as seriously wounded, while three were wounded lightly.
The shooters were identified as Mohannad Faleh Shahada, 26, who was killed on site by an Israeli paramilitary colonial settler, and Khaled Mustafa Sabah, 24, who managed to escape from the scene of the shooting but was pursued by Israeli soldiers who killed him and wounded another Palestinian civilian.
According to eyewitnesses, the two Palestinians drove up to the gas station, entered a restaurant attached to the gas station, and shot at the Israelis who were dining there, killing four people and wounding four.
Israeli media reported that the two Palestinian shooters had been imprisoned together at the Israeli prison of Megiddo two and a half years ago.
A paramilitary Israeli colonizer ath the gas station fatally wounded Shahada while Sabah managed to escape in a car, but the soldiers found and killed him and moderately injured another Palestinian.
After the attack, Islamic Resistance Movement – Hamas, praised the shooting, saying the shooting was “a response to Israel’s crimes carried out at the Jenin refugee camp and the aggression against the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The struggle won’t stop until our people are free and independent.”
The Israeli army later invaded Orif town, south of Nablus, before storming the family homes of the two Palestinians and took measurements of the properties to prepare for demolishing them as part of Israel’s collective punishment policies, illegal under International Law and all related human rights treaties, including the Fourth Geneva Convention.
Israeli daily Haaretz said that while this attack could lead to accelerated operations to prepare for a large-scale military offensive in the West Bank, such an offensive would occur due to political leadership pressure.
Haaretz said the offensive, which would be dubbed Guardian of the Walls II, which refers to the original operation in 2021, could be different than what its name suggests but likely a limited offensive that would last for a few days “to calm things on the ground,” and to appease demands from the Israeli right-wing.
On Tuesday evening, the Palestinian Health Ministry confirmed the death of Nasser Saleh Mohammad Sinan, 55, whom Israeli soldiers shot with a live round in the head a month earlier in Jenin, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.
On Tuesday dawn, the Palestinian Health Ministry confirmed the death of Amjad Aref Al-Ja’as, 48, who was shot and seriously injured by Israeli army fire Monday during the massive Israeli invasion of Jenin, leading to five deaths and more than 100 injuries; the soldiers killed Amjad’s son Wasim Amjad Aref Al-Ja’as, 19, on January 26, 2023.
On Monday evening, Israeli soldiers killed a young Palestinian man and injured two after the army invaded Husan village, west of Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank.
Earlier Monday, the Palestinian Health Ministry confirmed that Israeli soldiers killed five Palestinians, including a child, and injured at least 100, including 23 who suffered life-threatening wounds, in Jenin and the Jenin refugee camp, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.