One Israeli & One Palestinian Killed in West Bank Shooting

On Saturday night, a shooting attack at the Kiryat Arba illegal colony in the southern West Bank city of Hebron resulted in the death of an Israeli settler and a Palestinian who allegedly carried out the shooting.

Update: The Israeli who was killed in the shooting has been identified as Ronen Hananya, 50, from Kiryat Arba. Another wounded Israeli, in his fifties, remains in critical condition, Israeli sources have confirmed.

A surveillance video released to Israeli media shows the Palestinian walking through the street holding a rifle and shooting before an Israeli car of an off-duty soldier, accompanied by a security agent working for the Kiryat Arba colony, sped toward him.

The car rams into the man at high speed, crashing his body and the car into a wall.

The car then backs away, and an Israeli settler jumps out and fires multiple rounds at the Palestinian now lying on the ground.

The Palestinian has been identified as Mohammad Kamel Al-Jabari, 35, from Hebron city. The army took his corpse after refusing to release Mohammad’s body to Palestinian medics.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said its medics rushed to the area to provide essential aid to Mohammad, but the soldiers fired many live rounds at their ambulance, wounding a medic, Ahmad Abu Khaled, who was shot with a live round in the shoulder, and causing damage to the ambulance.

In addition to the Israeli man and the Palestinian man who were killed, an Israeli medic with the medical association Magen David was injured in the attack and was brought to the Israeli hospital in Shaare Tzedek Medical Center.

Another Palestinian was also wounded with gunshot fire. He was only identified as a 37-year-old man, and his injuries were described as moderate.

Israeli daily Haaretz said three Israelis, including the son of the man who was killed, where taken to Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem.

It added that the seriously wounded man 50-year-old Israeli man remained in a critical condition until he succumbed to his wounds.

Haaretz also said that a fourth Israeli, Ofer Ohana, a Magen David Adom medic, was transferred to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center where he remained unconscious and on life support.

Initial reports claimed that the attack appeared to target the home of right-wing Israeli politician Itamar Ben-Gvir, who lives in Kiryat Arba, but an Israeli military spokesperson said that this was not a targeted attack on Ben-Gvir but appeared instead to be targeting an Israeli military guard post.

While some Israeli reports claimed Mohammad was a member of Hamas, his family said he wasn’t involved with any party or group and was an Islamic studies teacher and a married father of two children.

His older brother is an officer with the Palestinian General Intelligence, controlled by the Fateh movement of President Mahmoud Abbas, and his middle brother is a member of Hamas and was one of many Palestinians who were exiled from the West Bank to Gaza as part of the Shalit prisoner swap agreement.

Media sources said Mohammad was also receiving treatment for abdominal cancer, which reached an advanced stage.

After the soldiers killed him, the army installed many roadblocks in Hebron and isolated several neighborhoods before storming and ransacking many homes.

Illegal Israeli colonizers also attacked many homes and fired several live rounds at them, despite constant Israeli military deployment in the area and while a military helicopter was hovering overhead.

Just before midnight, the soldiers closed all roads leading to Hebron city, the Al-Fawwar refugee camp, Farsh Al-Hawa junction, Beit Einoun junction, and Al-Fahs junction, and the areas of Al-Harayeq and Khirbat Qalqas.

On October 28, Israeli soldiers killed two Palestinian medics, Emad Abu Rashid, 47, and Ramzi Sami Zabara, 35, near the Huwwara military roadblock south of Nablus, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

(Source / 31.10.2022)

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