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2 Israelis, 1 Palestinian killed in Gush Etzion shooting attack

Nov. 19, 2015 5:09 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 20, 2015 3:02 P.M.)
(Channel 10)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Two Israelis and a Palestinian were killed and at least 10 injuredin a shooting attack in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc on Thursday, hours after two Israelis were killed in a stabbing attack in Tel Aviv, Israeli police said.

A Palestinian suspect reportedly opened fire from a vehicle, injuring at least 10 Israelis, including two seriously, Israeli police said.

Police later reported that two Israelis had died and a Palestinian bystander was also killed.

The two Israelis who were shot dead have been identified only as an 18-year-old American citizen and 49-year-oldYaakov Don,according to Israeli media.

The Palestinian bystander has been identified by Israel's civil administration asShadi Zuhdi Ratib Arafa, from a village in Hebron. Israeli authorities are currently coordinating with Palestinian officials on transferring the body to the family, the spokesperson for the civil administration said.

Israeli media said that after the initial shooting the suspect in the shooting continued driving and rammed into another vehicle, opening fire again before being shot.

Initial reports said the suspect was killed at the scene, with later reports confirming two suspects were arrested by Israeli forces.

A spokesperson from theIsraeli emergency services, Magen David Adom,said medics were responding at the scene of the "shooting incident," without providing further details.

Just hours before the incident, two Israelis were killed and two others injured in a stabbing attack in southern Tel Aviv.

Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri said that a stabbing attack took place inside of the Panorama building on Ben Tsavi street in the city, leaving a 20-year-old Israeli dead.

An Israeli who was critically injured died shortly after in Tel Aviv’s Ichelov hospital, al-Samri said.

Two different suspects are believed to have stabbed the Israelis, one of whom was a 24-year-old Palestinian from Dura who was captured by Israeli civilians, the police spokesperson said.

The police detained the suspect, who was moderately injured when the forces arrived to the scene, al-Samri added.

Another suspect reportedly fled the scene, according to witnesses, al-Samri said, adding that the incident was under investigation.
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