Two Israelis Lightly Hurt in Friday Shooting Near Ofra
Two Israelis, a man and a woman, were lightly wounded near the Police Junction near Ofra Friday evening, in a shooting attack apparently carried out by Arab terrorists. The two entered Ofra in their car after being hurt by flying glass as a result of shots fired at the car. They received medical attention on the spot.
After the shooting, IDF forces combed the area in order to find the shooters. IDF Radio reported that the IDF's Civil Administration told “senior Palestinians” that Israel views the incident gravely and demands that they take action “to calm the atmosphere.”
According to PA news agency Ma'an, a Fatah terrorist faction took responsibility for the attack. A statement by the “Al Aqsa Martyrs” said that the shooting was a protest against the opening of talks between Israel and the PA, and also to exact revenge for the shooting of a PA Arab youth whose body was found near Ramallah Friday morning..
Ma'an said that the youth was 16-year-old Ayssar Yasser Al-Zaben, from the village of Mazra Ash-Sharquieh. It quoted PA “security sources” who said the youth had been throwing rocks at a car driven by “settlers,” and that the “settlers” had shot him.