'I saw the terrorist aim his gun at us'

The survivor of last night's terror attack in Gush Etzion described the fearful moments.

Eliran Aharon ,

Ruthi Gillis
Ruthi Gillis
Eliran Aharon

Ruthi Gillis, a resident of the Judea community of Karmei Tzur who miraculously survived a terrorist shooting attack last night on the same road where her husband, Dr. Shmuel Gillis, Hy"d (may G-d avenge his blood) was murdered by terrorists in 2001, told Arutz Sheva of the frightening moments.

“I left my house to drive towards Jerusalem and return my mother-in-law (the mother of Shmuel), who spent Shabbat with us, to her home,” Gillis said. “I was coming onto the road when we heard two shots. Then I noticed an armed terrorist standing near us on the other side of the junction, pointing his gun at us. For some reason, after several minutes he fled, and I turned to continue on my way.”

“There’s no time to think, you need to decide - the decision was easier after I saw that he had fled. In that moment when I still thought that he was there - that was the difficult moment. It took me a couple of seconds to realize that I had been miraculously saved from a terrible fate, and then I proceeded to report the incident to security forces,” Gillis said. “Within a matter of minutes, all of the forces were in touch and arrived at the scene. I stopped near a patrol that I saw and reported to them as well; after several minutes, the area was cleared.”

When asked if the incident had brought up difficult memories in light of the fact that her husband had been murdered in the same area, she said: “I really try not to go back to that place, because it’s a place that goes with me, that is a part of me, it’s not a return - it’s being there. I try to make sure it doesn’t completely come to the surface, because it takes many years to recover from anything like that.”

“Everybody’s responding - children, family, friends, everybody’s responding to the great miracle, and it’s a nice feeling, that everyone is embracing us.”