Manhunt underway after fatal shooting in West Bank; The murdered fellow is a guard holed up 2022-04-29 22:37:08

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On Saturday morning, the Israeli security forces continued to chase the two Palestinian gunmen who shot dead an Israeli security guard in a settlement in the West Bank.

Friday night’s shooting at the entrance to Ariel killed a guard in his twenties.

The shooters, whose attack was captured by security cameras, fled the scene.

The Israeli military said Saturday morning that the security guard, whose name was not revealed to publication, was killed while protecting another security guard at the gate and moved to block the entrance to the settlement.

The second guard was not injured in the attack.

“It was a very difficult attack and there was a night of operational operations,” the brigadier general said. General Avi Plaut. We will get to the terrorists. There are many operations that are being carried out on the ground, including intelligence.”

Palestinian media reports said in the early hours of Saturday morning that a burning car was found in the area, and it could be the car used by the terrorists.

Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, a coalition of armed groups affiliated with the Palestinian Authority’s ruling Fatah movement, claimed responsibility for the attack.

We take responsibility for the heroic operation in Ariel that resulted in the murder of a Zionist officer. Masked said in a video clip circulated on social media that all this activity is a response to the Israeli aggression on Jerusalem.

The terrorist group was also behind fatal attack in Bnei Brak last month.

Hamas praised the shooting, saying it was a “heroic operation” and “a natural response to the crimes of the occupation and settlers.”

Israeli security personnel at the site of a shooting attack, at the entrance to the West Bank city of Ariel, April 30, 2022 (Flash90)

Security CCTV footage from the scene of the attack in Ariel showed a blue Suzuki car heading to a guard post, where a person in the passenger seat opened fire.

Then the gunman and the driver got off and continued shooting at the guard post before getting out of the car.

The Magen David Adom ambulance service said its paramedics declared the man dead at the scene. The second security guard, apparently protecting the dead man, was unharmed.

The shooters apparently used improvised Carlo machine guns.

Ariel and other settlements in the area issued a closure order due to fears that the militants might attack again.

The security forces closed the roads as large numbers of police officers and soldiers launched a large-scale hunting campaign for the militants. The Israeli army said special forces were taking part in the search.

Palestinians also reported that, during the night, a man was killed by Israeli fire in the West Bank village of Azzun, near Qalqilya.

Media reports indicated that he was killed during clashes in the area.

More details were not immediately available.

The attack and the clashes came at a time when tensions 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 25 Palestinians dead, many of whom participated in the clashes, while others appeared to be uninvolved civilians.

Emmanuel Fabian contributed to this report.

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