On Monday, a 40-year-old Israeli woman was shot and killed while driving near the Palestinian city of al-Khalil, in the West Bank’s southern part. Another passenger in the vehicle, an adult male, was wounded, while a six-year-old child in the car was not harmed.
Update: The Israeli woman killed in the shooting has been identified as Betsheva Nigri, 40, while another Israeli, Aryeh Gottleib, 39, was seriously injured. Nigri was from the Beit Haggai illegal colony, in the southern Hebron Hills in the occupied West Bank.
Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said Monday that the army arrested two young Palestinian men, both relatives from Hebron, who were believed to be behind the shooting and said in a social media post that the army will continue to “pursue and arrest Israel’s enemies…”
A joint statement by the Shin Bet, Israeli Border Police, and the Israeli Army confirmed the arrest of the two Palestinians and said they were moved to an interrogation facility run by the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency).
During the invasion and the arrests, the Israeli army said it located and confiscated several weapons.
The army said the two did not resist the soldiers who abducted them. One of them, believed to be the one who killed the Israeli settler woman, has been identified as Saqer Shanteer.
It also said the gun reportedly used in the attack was located and confiscated, adding that the car the Palestinians used in the shooting was found burnt near Halhoul town, north of Hebron.
The gun used in the attack was also apprehended and the car that was allegedly used by the terrorists in their attack was found burned in the near-by city of Halhul.
Israeli military sources issued a statement claiming that two Israelis were shot from a passing vehicle.
Israeli forces closed all Palestinian roads in the area and implemented checkpoints, causing serious travel delays for the Palestinian population of the southern West Bank.
The wounded man was taken to Soroka Medical Center in Be’er As-Sabe’ (Beersheva), and, according to medical sources, is in serious condition.