Drive-by shooting near Jerusalem leaves three dead


An 18 year-old US citizen, a 50 year-old Israeli,and a Palestinian passer-by were killedin Gush Etzion.

About two hours after a stabbing attack in Tel Aviv left two people dead, a terrorist firing from a passing car at a tourist minibus near Alon Shvut in the Gush Etzion area south of Jerusalem killed an eighteen year-old tourist, a 50 year-old Israeli, and a Palestinian passer-by aged about 50.

According to an initial investigation of the incident, after the terrorist fired at the first vehicle, he continued travelling and fired at other vehicles. Eventually he crashed into another car and was shot and wounded by security forces.

Earlier today, two people were killed and another person sustained medium injuries in a terrorist stabbing attack in south Tel Aviv. The attack took place in the early afternoon in a car park outside a synagogue near the Panorama building on Ben Zvi Street, the main highway linking the Kibbutz Galuyot Interchange with Jaffa. Those attacked were reportedly reciting the afternoon Mincha prayer.

Eyewitnesses say that two terrorists carried out the attack and that while one of them had been caught, after being overcome by civilians and police, the second had escaped. However, after investigating the matter the police concluded that only one terrorist was involved. The assailant is a Palestinian from Hebron who was in Israel illegally.

Magen David Adom ambulances arrived swiftly on the scene but found one of the victims - a 32 year old man - already dead. A second victim, also in his thirties, was rushed to Ichilov Hospital with stab wounds to the upper part of his body and was later pronounced dead.

The victim with medium injuries has also been hospitalized, and several other people in the vicinity of the attack were treated for shock.

Today's death toll of five was the highest since the latest wave of violence began.

Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - - on November 19, 2015

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