Two Israelis were murdered in a shooting attack near the village of Huwara in Samaria Sunday afternoon, bringing the number of Israelis murdered by terrorists in the last month to 13.
Magen David Adom and United Hatzalah medical staff and provided CPR to the victims, who are reported to be young men in their 20s.
A Magen David Adom (MDA) spokesman stated: "A report was received at 13.41 in the MDA 101 Emergency Call Center of two people injured on Route 60 near Huwara. MDA EMTs and Paramedics are providing medical treatment to 2 victims in serious condition."
MDA emergency medic Gil Bismuth said: "When we arrived at the scene, we saw the 2 injured lying near the car unconscious. Together with an IDF medical force, we gave them initial medical treatment in the field, we put them in military intensive care vehicles and they were taken to the hospital when they were in serious condition."
United Hatzalah volunteer EMT Shlomo Rakover said: "Together with additional first responders we performed CPR on two young men who were critically injured. They were then transported to the hospital while undergoing continued resuscitation efforts."
The victims succumbed to their wounds. Their names have not been released, but they are known to be from the community of Har Bracha.
IDF forces are pursuing the shooter, who fled the scene.
An IDF spokesman said: "A report was received of a shooting incident at the Einabus intersection in the area of the Samaria Brigade." The IDF later stated that a terrorist opened fire at an Israeli vehicle, wounding the two people in the vehicle.
Samaria Regional Council chairman Yossi Dagan, who was on his way to the scene, stated: "Unfortunately, this is a very serious incident, the government must change the paradigm and move from defense to offense, it cannot be that in the middle of the day, terrorists are free to shoot innocent civilians."
"The ferocity of terrorism proves that there is no deterrence. The instructions for opening fire must be changed, the checkpoints must be returned, and the terrorist infrastructure of the Palestinian Authority must be proactively degraded. The people of Israel and the residents of Samaria are strong, we will not break in the face of the murderous terrorism of the Palestinian Authority," added Dagan.
Huwara is a Palestinian Arab town on Route 60 through which Israelis regularly travel in order to reach communities in Samaria such as Kedumim.
The shooting comes after Israel agreed to reduce counterterrorism operations in Judea and Samaria in response to the holding of a summit with the Palestinian Authority in Jordan Sunday morning.
A senior security official said: ''We are giving it a chance. We will only act in the face of ticking bombs or an urgent operational need.''
The agreement is meant to allow the Palestinian Authority's security services the opportunity to reassert control over cities where terrorist groups have taken over in recent months and make arrests without the interference of Israeli forces.