Two Israelis, one Palestinian killed in Gush Etzion attack

Seven wounded in two pronged attack in Gush Etzion involving gunfire and a car attack.

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Ari Yashar, | updated: 18:04

Scene of the attack
Scene of the attack
Eliran Aharon

Three people - two Israeli and one Palestinian - have been murdered and another seven wounded on Thursday afternoon in a shooting attack in Gush Etzion region, ten minutes south of Jerusalem.

Of the victims, several are reportedly citizens of the United States.

A critically wounded 18-year-old victim died of his wounds inflicted in the attack shortly after, as did a 50-year-old victim who was evacuated to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem with bullet wounds in his upper body. He had been classified as very seriously wounded and was unconscious.

A third victim killed in the attack was a Palestinian man in his 40s who had been standing nearby.

Watch: Victims arrive at Shaare Tzedek hospital



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Five other lightly wounded victims were evacuated to Shaare Tzedek Hospital, also in the capital, as were two others who suffered from shock.

Two terrorists involved in the attack have been neutralized; in addition to shooting it appears the attackers used their car as a weapon as well.

One terrorist was reportedly identified as Shadi Arfa, a resident of Hevron. The murderers were neutralized by a religious Border Police officer.

MDA reports the attack began with a shooting spree on cars at Tzomet Gevaot, from where the terrorists then drove to nearby Alon Shevut Junction and ran over at least one other person.

Video from the scene of the attack shows the terrorists being apprehended by security forces.

The attack brings the death toll in terrorist attacks Thursday to five. It occurred shortly after a lethal stabbing attack in southern Tel Aviv, where an Arab terrorist from the Hevron region murdered two Jews at prayer and moderately wounded a third.

The terrorist in that attack had received a work permit from the security services, and was employed at a restaurant in Yafo, a suburb to the south of Tel Aviv.



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