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Shooting attack near illegal settlement leaves 2 Israelis dead

Oct. 7, 2018 10:32 A.M. (Updated: Oct. 8, 2018 12:22 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Two Israeli settlers were killed, while the third Israeli settler suffered severe injuries, on Sunday, after a Palestinian allegedly carried out a shooting attack in the Barkan industrial area, near the illegal Israeli settlement of Ariel near Salfit City, in the northern occupied West Bank.

According to Hebrew-language news outlets, that 23-year-old Ashraf Naalwa, resident from the northern West Bank, used a Carl Gustaf rifle to carry out the shooting attack.

The Palestinian entered one of the offices in Barkan, which is part of the illegal Israeli settlement of Ariel, one of the largest settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory, and shot at three Israeli settlers from a very short distance.

Two of the Israeli settlers, a man and a woman in their 30s, were critically injured and were provided immediate medical treatment on the scene. However, a few hours later were pronounced dead by medical sources.

Meanwhile, the third Israeli settler, who was shot and severely injured in her stomach, was transferred to to the Beilinson Hospital at the Rabin Medical Center to receive medical treatment and is reported to be in moderate condition.

Israeli forces and police sealed off the area and are conducting searches to find the suspected Palestinian.

The Israeli army spokesperson released a statement saying, "The circumstances leading to the incident are still being investigated, and all angles are being examined. The suspect worked for seven months in the industrial area and was granted a work permit which was supposed to expire next month."

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