Clashes broke out between Israeli protesters and Palestinian Arabs at a number of sites across Judea and Samaria Sunday evening, following a deadly terrorist shooting attack in Samaria.
Confrontations were reported in multiple towns and cities across Judea and Samaria including Hebron, Asira al-Qibliya, Beita, Teqoa, Burin, and Huwara, the site of Sunday afternoon’s deadly shooting attack.
During the attack, a terrorist opened fire on an Israeli car with a handgun at point-blank range, firing between ten to fifteen shots before fleeing the scene.
Two brothers, Har Bracha residents, 22-year-old Hillel Menachem Yaniv and 20-year-old Yagel Yaakov Yaniv, were killed.
Following the attack, Israeli protesters gathered in Huwara, which straddles Route 60, the primary north-south road in Judea and Samaria.
Demonstrators, including the family of the two victims, held a prayer rally at the scene of the attack, secured by the IDF.
Clashes broke out between some of the demonstrators and local Arabs, leading to multiple injuries and property damage.
Fires were reported in Huwara, damaging or destroying dozens of cars and several buildings.
The Palestinian Authority’s WAFA outlet claimed that a local fire engine was stoned by Israeli protesters and that at least one man was wounded by a knife-wielding protester.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement Sunday evening condemning the attack while also calling for restraint, urging Israelis against vigilante actions.
"A terrible tragedy occurred today. I would like to send condolences to the Yaniv family, which lost two of its dear sons; may God avenge them.”
“The IDF and the security forces are currently in pursuit of the murderer. We will find him. We will apprehend him and we will settle accounts with him.”
“I ask – even when the blood is boiling – not to take the law into one's hands. I ask that the IDF and the security forces be allowed to carry out their work. I remind you that in recent weeks, they have targeted dozens of terrorists and thwarted dozens of attacks.”
“Let the IDF complete its pursuit and do not take the law into your hands; together we will defeat terrorism."
Settlement activists also gathered in Evyatar, an outpost community near the Tapuah Junction in Samaria which was voluntarily evacuated in 2021 as part of a deal to legalize the community. Supporters of the fledgling community have accused the government of reneging of its deal to normalize the town.