Two Israelis killed in suspected Palestinian shooting near Huwara
A carwash was the scene of the shooting.
According to reports, the gunman approached on foot and opened fire.
Both men, aged 28 and 60, were pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Israeli ambulance service. According to reports, both were civilians from Ashdod in southern Israel.
The Israeli media reported that they spent several hours in Huwara fixing their car.
Before shooting them at point blank range, the attacker spoke briefly to them – maybe to ask if they were Jewish Israelis.
It is believed that the suspect is still in the area, and the weapon was found in a nearby field.
Nearby, the Israeli military has set up blockades and is searching for the gunman. As well as being on alert for reprisals, it is also said to be on high alert.
Hamas and Islamic Jihad, two Palestinian militant groups, praised the deadly attack.
In the West Bank, Hawara has long been a flashpoint. It’s located on a main road south of Nablus, which is mostly used by Palestinians and Israelis.
Sometimes Israelis would shop there and come for services, which were often cheaper in Palestinian areas of the West Bank. After a recent surge in violence, that has become uncommon.
The village has seen several shooting attacks this year, including the killing of two brothers in February.
In one of the worst attacks in years, a large crowd of settlers went on a deadly rampage. There have also been other instances of settler violence.