JERUSALEM (AP) - Palestinian gunmen traveling in a speeding car opened fire at a crowded bus stop in a West Bank intersection on Sunday, killing two Israelis and wounding four others before fleeing, officials said.
The bus stop attack occurred at the Gush Etzion junction, a main intersection at a large bloc of settlements south of Jerusalem. The army said troops were searching for the vehicle.
Israeli paramedics said three of the wounded were in serious condition.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
Israeli security officials have warned that following Israel's recent withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, Palestinian militants would shift their activities to the West Bank.
Sick. I wonder how they'll pin this one on Israel.
[UPDATE!] Sadly, the number of dead is now three - and Al Aqsa has claimed responsibility.
Haaretz (courtesy of LGF):
LGF's title is well put:
Three Israelis were killed Sunday afternoon and three were wounded, one seriously, when Palestinians opened fire on a hitchhiking station at the Gush Etzion junction in the West Bank, south of Jerusalem, the Zaka rescue service said.
Shortly after the initial attack, Palestinians opened fire again near the settlement of Eli, also in the West Bank, seriously wounding one Israeli.
The Gush Etzion shooting was carried out by Palestinian gunmen traveling in a speeding car. The gunmen apparently escaped to the West Bank city of Bethlehem.
“A Palestinian passed by in a car, let off a burst of fire, and struck down people standing at the hitchhiking post,” Shaul Goldstein, a settler leader in Gush Etzion, told Israel Radio.
The Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, affiliated with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ ruling Fatah movement, took responsibility for the attack, Israel Radio reported.
The Palestinian Peace Process
[UPDATE 2:] Israel Perspectives is also blogging the subject. I liked a point he made (emphasis his)...
Israel's response?Especially this part:
David Baker, an official in the Israeli Prime Minister's Office, denounced the shooting. "Israel removed roadblocks and made a number of humanitarian gestures to ease up on the Palestinians," he told The Associated Press. "It's unfortunate that the Palestinians have exploited these measures to carry out these murderous attacks."
Do you want to know what's really unfortunate?
That in the Jewish State of Israel the life of a "Palestinian" is worth more than the life of a Jew.
It is a known fact. Whenever Israel eases up on the checkpoints and roadblocks Jews die, and yet, time and again, Israel enacts such measures.
Why is it that the Israeli government cares more about providing humanitarian aid to the "Palestinians" than they do about the well-being of their own citizens?Technorati tags: Gush Etzion, Shooting, Palestinian, Terrorists.
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