Security guard killed in terror shooting At the entrance to the West Bank settlement of Ariel on Friday night, 23-year-old Vyacheslav Gulev was identified.
Gulev was a former student at Ariel University. He had recently moved in with his fiancée in the West Bank community. They got engaged a few weeks before the attack.
He succeeded his parents, seven siblings living in Beit Shemesh, and his fiancée, who was stationed at the guard post during the attack.
Military officials said Gulev used his own body to protect her from the hail of bullets and saved her life.
His fiancée, Victoria Flegelman, from the southern city of Ashkelon, was not injured in the attack.
The Beit Shemesh municipality said it embraces the Golev family. “The security guard showed great heroism and saved the life of the security guard he worked with,” Mayor Elisa Bloch said.
The Ashkelon municipality said it would help Flegelman and her family in the wake of the attack.
Ashkelon’s mayor, Tomer Gallam, said Golev showed “heroic courage” when he protected his fiancée.
The date and time of Gullev’s funeral was not immediately set.
After a 20-hour chase, the anti-terrorist forces Arrested Two Palestinians allegedly behind the deadly terrorist attack. The gunmen were arrested on Saturday evening in the nearby town of Qarawat Bani Hassan.
Footage of the attack Friday night showed a blue Suzuki vehicle heading to a guard post, where a gunman in the passenger seat opened fire.
Then the gunman and the driver got off and fired at the guard post before they drove off.
Gulev was pronounced dead at the scene.
A resident of the nearby settlement of Benjamin told Ynet on Saturday that he saw, a week before the attack, the terrorist’s car speeding toward Ariel.
He said he was driving on Route 5 with his family, when a blue Suzuki car rolled in front of them in the parallel lane, heading in the wrong direction.
He said his family picked up the license plate number and reported the incident to the police, who realized it was the car used in the attack after seeing news reports of the shooting.
The attack came at a time when tensions have sharply escalated between Israel and the Palestinians in recent weeks against the backdrop of repeated terrorist attacks in Israeli cities that left 14 people dead.
The escalation came in the midst of the holy month of Ramadan – often a period of high tension in Israel and the West Bank.
The army has stepped up its activities in the West Bank in an attempt to quell the escalating violence. The raids that followed sparked clashes that left at least 26 Palestinians dead, many of whom took part in the clashes, while others appeared to be uninvolved civilians.