Thursday, November 19, 2015
Four Israeli Jews and one Palestinian killed in two attacks
Updated. Three people were killed and five others were wounded in a shooting and car ramming attack in the Gush Etzion region of the West Bank on Thursday afternoon. Just a few hours earlier two people were killed after a stabbing attack in Tel Aviv. The assailants in both incidents were detained.
Meanwhile a Palestinian manwho was shot in the head on 11 November died of his wounds. He was the 90th since 1 October to die form Israeli inflicted wounds.
In tthe Gush Etzion attack a Palestinian motorist armed with an Uzi submachine gun opened fire toward cars near the settlement of Alon Shvut late in the afternoon killing three people. He continued driving toward Gush Etzion Junction, where he lost control of the vehicle, ramming into another car. He was then arrested.
A young American man, reportedly a yeshiva student, and a 24-year-old Palestinian man were pronounced dead at the scene. The latter was identified as Shadi Arafa, a resident of Hebron. A 51-year-old Jewish Israeli man died of his wounds at the Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center. He was identified as Yaacov Don, a resident of Elon Shvut. Five people were lightly wounded in the attack, including American nationals.
A few hours earler two people were killed and one was wounded in a stabbing attack on Ben Tzvi Road in Tel Aviv on Thursday afternoon. The two were identified as Reuven Aviram, 51, a resident of Ramla, and Aharon Yesayev, 32, a resident of Holon. The wounded is in moderate condition. The Palestinian assailant was lightly wounded and is in custody.
According to a Magen David Adom rescue services spokesperson, the stabbing occurred at the entrance to the Panorama Building in southern Tel Aviv. The assailant was apprehended by a traffic cop in the warehouse of a shoe store. After launching a search for a second suspect, police confirmed the assailant acted alone.
The 24-year-old Palestinian assailant, from the West Bank town of Dura near Hebron, received a permit to enter Israel approximately a month ago. He told police investigators he entered in order to attack and kill Jews.
A Palestinian man died on Thursday evening from wounds sustained in clashes last week in Ramallah's al-Bireh city, medics said. Mahmoud Said Ulayyan, 20, was shot in the head during clashes with Israeli forces on Nov. 11 during a demonstration to mark the anniversary of the death of Yasser Arafat. He was from the village of Anata in East Jerusalem and was a senior nursing student at the Modern College in Ramallah.