A Palestinian Arab terrorist opened fire with an automatic rifle at an Israeli civilian vehicle on Sunday, murdering two young Jewish men.
The attack occurred in the Arab village of Huwara through which Highway 60 passes on its way from Jerusalem to northern Samaria, via the biblical communities of Beit El and Shiloh.
The head of the Beit El regional council saw the attack and told Channel 12 News that the terrorist or terrorists fired crashed their vehicle into the victims’ car, exited his own vehicle, walked over to the victims and effectively executed them.
“It was right behind me, the shooting was from point blank range – it looked terrible,” said the eye witness.
The Israeli military launched a manhunt for the terrorist and any possible accomplices.
The attack comes as the world condemns Israel for its anti-terror efforts against Palestinian militant groups. The United States has been pressuring Israel to de-escalate the situation, even as it claims to back Israel’s right to self defense.
Israel’s response to Sunday’s tragic roadside murder will no doubt elicit further global consternation.
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