Israeli security forces on lookout for Palestinian shooters

Israeli security forces on lookout for Palestinian shooters

Agency News

Israeli, Oct 8: Israeli security forces are on a lookout for a Palestinian suspected of killing two Israelis and wounding a third in the occupied West Bank on Sunday.

Two men Kim Levengrond Yehezkel (28) and Ziv Hajbi (35) were recently shot dead at a factory near the Jewish settlement of Ariel.

CCTV cameras have captured a man carrying rifle fleeing the scene. He has been identified as Ashraf Naalwa (23), one of the factory workers.

Israel's military has confirmed that it was treating the killings as a terrorist attack.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the troops would soon apprehend the "despicable murderer" and "bring him to justice".

The attack took place at the Alon Group factory in the Barkan Industrial Zone, where some 3,300 Palestinians work alongside Israelis.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said the assailant entered the factory shortly before 08:00 local time (05:00 GMT), armed with a homemade sub-machine gun known as a "Carlo".

He subsequently went to the factory's offices on the second floor, where he tied up and shot Ms Yehezkel, a mother-of-one who was working as a secretary, and Mr Hajbi, a father-of-three who worked in accounting. He shot another woman in the stomach, moderately wounding her.

Surveillance video from the factory after the attack showed the gunman fleeing down a flight of stairs and then running past shocked onlookers.

Rafi Alon, owner of Alon Group, a producer of waste management systems at the Barkan Industrial Zone near Ariel told Hadashot, “Till this day I believed this was the path to peace with the Palestinians. Today my beliefs have all been upset.”

“The Barkan Industrial Zone has been a model of Israeli–Palestinian coexistence since 1982, with thousands working and prospering together. Today a terrorist shattered that harmony by brutally murdering two Israelis at work,” tweeted US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman. (UNI)