'Terrorist bypassed traffic jam, sprayed cars with bullets'

Medical volunteer tells Arutz Sheva eyewitness account of Gush Etzion shooting attack, confirming foreign victim, terrorist unharmed.

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Scene of Gush Etzion attack
Scene of Gush Etzion attack
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Rafi Aba, a volunteer with Magen David Adom (MDA) and ZAKA, was at Gush Etzion in Judea on Thursday during the shooting and car attack which left two Jews and an Arab dead, and seven others wounded.

Aba told Arutz Sheva about the attack, saying, "I work at a restaurant in Gush Etzion Junction, and during a switching of shifts suddenly we heard gunfire."

"At the start we thought it was fire from the shooting range, but then we understood it was too close. Suddenly we heard the roar of a car's engine traveling at a high speed, and then immediately afterwards a crash."

"The terrorist fired towards cars that were driving, one of the cars was a transport for people from abroad, and one of them unfortunately was killed," he said, giving confirmation to reports that US citizens were among the wounded.

Aba noted that the terrorists "apparently fired at another car at another site, but that I didn't see. Since I'm a MDA volunteer and a ZAKA volunteer, I immediately went to the transport vehicle and treated the wounded."

"Every day there are traffic jams on this road that leads from Alon Shevut to Gush (Etzion) Junction, what happened is that the terrorist just bypassed (other vehicles) and shot at the cars that were in the jam. I saw the uzi machine gun he fired with."

"After he crashed into cars people went out towards him (the terrorist) with drawn weapons and he got out of the car with his hands on his head, without any wounds unfortunately. The terrorist was driving in a car with Israeli license plates," concluded the volunteer.